Science Fiction in the News Articles
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Jack Williamson

Jack Williamson's (b. 1908 - d. 2006) first published story appeared in 1928. He has received a Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement. He was the second science fiction author (after Robert A. Heinlein) to be named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Williamson has taught since the 1950s at Eastern New Mexico University.

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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:

Physicist Inspired By SciFi And Seeing Back In Time
   'Here is the chronoscope... Scansion depends upon a special curved field...'
NASA Debates Terraforming Mars
   NASA will hold a formal debate on terraforming Mars tomorrow night at its third Astrobiology Science Conference.
SMART-1's Ion Drive Not Science Fiction
   SMART-1 has made it all the way to the Moon using an ion drive.
Green Comet Machholz - Hopefully, Without Cometeers
   In his 1936 classic The Cometeers, science fiction Grandmaster Jack Williamson writes of a sinister green comet; now you can look up and see one.
Ion Drive Spacecraft Also Takes Good Pictures
   SMART-1, the European Space Agency ship equipped with ion drive propulsion, is now sending back great pictures from the lunar surface. SMART-1 is the first craft to return to the moon in over 5 years.
American Space Colony Art
   Ah, the space colonies of my youth. They never built any, but the pictures are very nice.
Fab@Home 'Fabber' Freeform Fabricator
   Lipson and Malone bring the printing of three-dimensional objects into the home with this project.
Green Comet Lovejoy - Cometeers Coming From Below?
   Where's Giles Habibula when you need him? A green comet approaches the solar system.
Giant Air Vortex Gun
   You can tell the holiday season is approaching; I'm fondly remembering one of my favorite toys from the 1960's - and look, somebody made a giant version of it.
GPS Shoes Track Alzheimer's Patients
   Keeping track of people with Alzheimer's will get easier once GTX and Aetrex have embedded GPS locators in their shoes.
Location History Dashboard By Google
   Make a map of your steps and check the statistics.
Menlo Device By Microsoft Tracks You Precisely
   This little gizmo can track you everywhere, indoors and out.
Manned Maneuvering Unit From 1984
   'The glittering little rocket bolted to the black iron behind him.' - Jack Williamson, 1933.
Enormous Ship Refuels From The Sun Video Update
   That darned Death Star has to get its planet-busting energy from someplace. Now updated by NASA!
What Price Warp Drive?
   'Every atom of ship... was driven around space... by a direct reaction against the space warp itself.' - Jack Williamson, 1936.
ForceShoes, NASA's Exercise Sandals For Astronauts
   'Joe got out the gravity-simulator harnesses.'- Murray Leinster, 1953.
Google's Cartographer Backpack For Indoor Mapping
   'He reached to unsnap the cartograph from his belt.'- Jack Williamson, 1931.
Microbes To Terraform Mars?
   'Terraform the little rock...'- Jack Williamson, 1941.
3D Printed Replacement Tissue
   'The object is built up of an infinite series of plane layers, at the focus of the ray,' - Jack Williamson, 1930.
Satellite Surveillance Reveals Guerrilla Drug Trade
   'A photograph, taken from space, of part of the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. And see!' - Jack Williamson, 1931.
Airnest Drone Flight Logging Tool
   'He reached to unsnap the cartograph from his belt.'- Jack Williamson, 1931.
The Space Suit As Personal Spaceship
   'Darn clever, these suits...' - Jack Williamson, 1933.
UM Hall Thruster Breaks Records
   Someday, we'll see an ion drive used to get to Mars.
A Space Ship On My Back
   ''Darn clever, these suits,' he murmured.' - Jack Williamson, 1933.
PAL-V Liberty Flying Helicopter Car
   '...lifted themselves to skimming flight upon whirling helicopters." - Jack Williamson, 1931.
A Look Back At Apollo's Emergency Escape Vehicle
   'A simple mechanism... it drove the iron ball through space like a ship.' - Jack Williamson, 1933.
EXPLORER, The First Total-Body Scanner
   'The object is built up of an infinite series of plane layers, at the focus of the ray...' - Jack Williamson, 1930.
Can Musk Starship Astronauts Use Magnetic Boots?
   'Walking awkwardly in the magnetic boots that held him to the black mass of meteoric iron...'
Michelin Self-Sealing Tires On Ford's Explorer
   '...a seal of compressed plastifoam to save the air.' - Jack Williamson, 1941.
When Will We See The First Space Hotel?
   'The heart of it was a vast hexagonal structure of welded metal, ten miles across...' - Jack Williamson, 1939.
Orbital Display's Low Earth Orbit Advertisements
   'A vast circle of scarlet stars came up into the greenish desert dusk.' - Jack Williamson, 1939.
ISS Astronauts Test Estee Lauder 'Advanced Night Repair' Skin Serum
   'Out in the New Moon, just ask for what you want...' - Jack Williamson, 1939.
Voyager Luxury Space Hotel Launches In 2023
   'A spinning web of steel wires, held rigid by centrifugal force, spread from it across a thousand miles of space.' - Jack Williamson, 1939.
Self-Serve Sarco Suicide Pod
   '... the black chip of admission to your own Euthanasia Clinic!' - Jack Williamson, 1939.
Scientifiction, Searchlight of Science
   'And science goes on, with scientifiction as its searchlight.'
Roomba Hoovers Up More Than Dirt
   'He had brought that tiny instrument to map their movements.' - Jack Williamson, 1936.
Space Billboards Would Ruin Our View Of The Cosmos
   'But the rising sign, as it had been designed to do, held his eyes. A vast circle of scarlet stars came up into the greenish desert dusk.' - Jack Williamson, 1939.
Was Jack Williamson's 'Cometeer' Ship Inspired By Halley's Comet?
   'Its shape was puzzling - a strangely perfect ellipsoid...' - Jack Williamson, 1936.
Space Hotel Will Have Artificial Gravity By 2025
   'The cylinder whirls constantly, with such speed that the centrifugal force against the sides equals the force of gravity on the earth.' - Jack Williamson, 1931.
Solar X-Flares Disrupt North American Radio And Navigation
   'A true cosmic storm!' - Jack Williamson, 1939.
That's MOXIE! Terraforming Mars Baby Steps
   'Drake was the young spatial engineer he employed to terraform the little rock.' - Jack Williamson, 1931.



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