Science Fiction in the News Articles
Related to material in From the Earth to the Moon
by Jules Verne

Another great Verne tale; this one has some very original ideas mixed in with the fabulous details of 19th century science. If you liked the technical details in Tom Clancy's books, you'll certainly enjoy the technical discussions in this book. And, like de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, this book is a fascinating glimpse of Americans by a European.

Science fiction in the News articles describe real-world events that relate to the ideas and inventions in sf novels and movies. Select a news article:

Weightless Science Attracts Students
   A team consisting of four UC Davis students studying the formation of new materials got the chance to test their theories in NASA's "Weightless Wonder" (popularly known as the "Vomit Comet").

Spaceflight Club For Space Enthusiasts
   The Spaceflight Club has been organized by Space Adventures, a private space experiences company. The club will make sure members get the tools, experience and training they need to be ready for commercial space travel.

Saddam's Supergun And Verne's Columbiad
   It appears that Impey Barbicane of the Baltimore Gun Club and Saddam Hussein had more in common that I would have thought possible.

Earth Barcoded For Alien Convenience
   A seemingly innocent art project meant to get you thinking about our real and virtual worlds is so much more, if you know how to look at it.

Shock Absorbers For Orion: NASA Turns To Verne
   NASA scientists are worried about excessive vibration after the launch of the Orion replacement rocket; it's an old concern.

Google Earth Typography
   What do aliens see when they look at Earth from afar? Maybe letters.

Sushi In Space!
   And I still remember Tang fondly. But now, I can go to a nice restaurant and have a meal like the astronauts.

Quicklauncher Space Cannon
   Nifty idea requires $500 million funding, a drop in the bucket compared to current cost to orbit. With excellent presentation video by John Hunter.

Syrians Ask For Help From Mars
   '...enormous figures, drawn in characters of reflecting luminosity...'

Private Space Flight At 'Inflection Point'
   'The travelers could therefore quit their prison at pleasure, as soon as they should reach the moon.'- Jules Verne, 1867.

Haute Cuisine On International Space Station
   'The gas gave sufficient heat for the culinary apparatus…'-Jules Verne, 1867.

ESA Plans Akon Projectile To Europa ala Jules Verne
   '... might [it] not be possible to project a shot up to the moon?' Jules Verne, 1867.

Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) Workshop
   SF writers have thought about this since the 19th century.

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PAL-V Liberty Flying Helicopter Car
re: Jack Williamson
(8/13/2018)

Space Drones - UK's Effective Space To Launch Rocket Tugs
re: Nat Schachner
(8/12/2018)

DIY Autonomous Robot Detects Trash
re: Philip K. Dick
(8/11/2018)

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