Fiction in the News Articles
Related to material in Asteroid of Fear
by Raymond Z. Gallun
Enjoyable yarn describes the travails of an ordinary guy and his little family homesteading on the asteroid Vesta. Although the story contains some improbable elements (like the notion that Vesta is a surface fragment of an exploded planet, but with all of its surface details intact, including alien farm buildings), it has some good science and gives a fitting impression of what it would be like to start a little farm on an asteroid. Someone has to feed those asteroid miners.
in the News articles describe real-world events that relate to the ideas
and inventions in sf novels and movies. Select a news article:
Self-Repairing Aircraft Mimic Borg Cubes
It may be possible for aircraft to repair structural damage in flight - kind of like a Borg cube, but with no offers to assimilate passengers. Yet.
Bendable, Self-Healing Concrete
This engineered cement composite can not only bend, it can heal itself without any intervention from human beings.
Smart, Self-Healing Hydrogels
Linked chains of polymer molecules... with 'dangling side chain' molecules.
Self-Healing Materials - Microencapsulated or Microvascular
'An inter-skin layer of gum that could seal the punctures...'
Seven Inflatable Space Structures From Science Fiction (Updated)
'In another minute John Endlich and his wife were setting up an airtight tent...' - Raymond Z. Gallun, 1951.
Self-Healing Polymer Works Without Catalyst
'It even had an inter-skin layer of gum that could seal the punctures...'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1951.
Self-Healing Plastic Fixes Even Big Holes
'The room had been strained and healed faultily....'- JG Ballard, 1962.
Are Human Settlements On Asteroids Possible?
'Here on Vesta... the interior of this five-acre greenhouse was the one most desirable place to be.'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1953.
NASA's VestaTrek - Visit Asteroid Vesta
'At the Asteroids Homesteaders' School in Chicago... he had been shown diagrams and photographs of Vesta.'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1951.
Living Concrete Repairs Itself
Science fiction fans were given this idea in 1951.
Self-Healing Materials For Spacecraft
'It even had an inter-skin layer of gum that sealed the punctures...'- Raymond Z. Gallun, 1951.
Self-Adapting Composite Heals Itself
'...Could seal the punctures that grain-of-sand-sized meteors might make.' - Ramond Z. Gallun, 1951.
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module Attached to ISS
'John Endlich and his wife were setting up an airtight tent...' - Raymond Z. Gallun, 1951.
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