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2008 Aug 26, 3:42Links to write ups on how much energy it would take to destroy the Earth or at least make it inhabitable in various fashions: "Destroying the Earth, It is often asked what it would take to shatter the Earth into little pieces. Erik Max Francis gives a rough answer. A less drastic measure would be to sterilise it by heating the outside. Brian Davis does the arithmetic, but I think he should have calculated what it would take to boil the oceans, which is a few thousand times more by my BotEC. Occasionally it is asked what would happen if you shot a fast-moving projectile at the Earth; I've written something up."PermalinkCommentsscifi science math

What's expected of us : Article : Nature

2008 Aug 14, 4:29Scifi short story, "What's expected of us", by Ted Chiang. Younger cousin of 'The Riddle of the Universe and Its Solution'. FTA: "Civilization now depends on self-deception."PermalinkCommentsted-chiang scifi time time-travel fiction via:boingboing / Science fiction and fantasy / Stories / Down on the Farm by Charles Stross

2008 Jul 22, 5:17Down on the Farm by Charles Stross. Short scifi story with elements of steampunk and a math/csc based version of the occult.PermalinkCommentsmath scifi fiction free tor literature charles-stross / Science fiction and fantasy / Blog posts / The Singularity Problem and Non-Problem

2008 Jul 22, 1:43Just for this quote: "Since then, the Singularity has come to be an object of almost religious faith in some quarters. In The Cassini Division, Ken MacLeod has a character call it "the Rapture for nerds," and that's just how I see it."PermalinkCommentssingularity scifi blog tor quote - Neal Stephenson: Science Fiction as a Literary Gen

2008 Jul 14, 4:37"Neal Stephenson delivered a talk entitled The Fork: Science Fiction versus Mundane Culture at Gresham College." Talk is sort of pop analysis of geeky entertainment. Lots of annecdotal evidence but interesting ideas anyway.PermalinkCommentsgeek history neal-stephenson scifi fiction literature culture video

How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later

2008 Jul 3, 1:32"Finally he cut the tape entirely, whereupon the world disappeared. However, it also disappeared for the other characters in the story... which makes no sense, if you think about it." That's what I thought when I read that storyPermalinkCommentsarticle essay fiction scifi philip-k-dick via:mach3

How long could you survive in the vacuum of space?

2008 Jun 12, 2:06Like those other 'Which X are you?' quizes but done to estimate how long you'd survive the vacuum of space.PermalinkCommentshumor quiz space science scifi

Joshua Klein, Mobile, Personal, and Future Technology Specialist

2008 May 16, 2:32"Roo'd by Joshua Klein". Cyberpunk, fiction, creative-commons.PermalinkCommentscyberpunk fiction scifi free book writing cc joshua-klein

Milliways: Infocom's Unreleased Sequel to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -

2008 Apr 18, 12:58"I found myself in possession of the "Infocom Drive" - a complete backup of Infocom's shared network drive from 1989." He posts emails from that backup w/o consulting those involved who show up for luke warm debate in the comments.PermalinkCommentsif interactive-fiction infocom hhgttg history scifi videogame article

Cory Doctorow's - Podcast

2008 Mar 28, 1:37Cory Doctorow regularly reads from his books and irregularly includes random other stuff. Currently reading the novella he co-wrote with Ben Rosenbaum, 'True Names'.PermalinkCommentscory-doctorow creativecommons boingboing book fiction podcast scifi

Bad Movie Physics: A Report Card

2008 Mar 14, 2:39FTA: "We rated 18 movies based on how many laws of physics they mangled, and here's our report card."PermalinkCommentsscience physics tv movie fiction scifi humor

Battlestar Interview - Concurring Opinions

2008 Mar 3, 5:49An interview with the creators of the recent BSG on the topics of law, religion, torture, government, etc. wrt BSG.PermalinkCommentsaudio battlestar bsg fiction interview law podcast politics scifi

Warning Signs - a photoset on Flickr

2008 Feb 1, 9:47Those warning signs for the future (from the past). I'm actually looking for the article about creating a nuclear warning sign that can survive our society collapsingPermalinkCommentsfuture sign signs warning-sign warning image humor geek nano internet scifi science singularity technology flickr

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

2008 Jan 5, 11:34Cory Doctorow's book Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom available free via Creative Commons. More traiditional singularity style scifi. I liked this much better than Someone Comes to Town.PermalinkCommentscory-doctorow scifi disney literature project-gutenberg book books singularity

Browse By Author: D - Project Gutenberg

2008 Jan 5, 10:41Project Gutenberg's listing for Cory Doctorow containing all of his CC books in readable HTML formats.PermalinkCommentscory-doctorow gutenberg scifi writing free literature book books

The Riddle of the Universe and Its Solution by CHRISTOPHER CHERNIAK

2007 Dec 31, 1:18A short short story titled 'The Riddle of the Universe and Its Solution' by CHRISTOPHER CHERNIAK. A classic (apparently) from the early 80s. No spoilers here. If you liked Snow Crash just read it.PermalinkCommentsread scifi story literature free fiction short-story rainbow

How To Spot a Cylon - Propaganda Style Poster

2007 Dec 18, 11:18A poster with a checklist on spotting Cylons done in a 50's propaganda style.PermalinkCommentsvia:boingboing bsg battlestar art design howto humor poster propaganda scifi television wishlist shopping - The Sci-Fi Cliche List

2007 Nov 26, 1:59Sci-Fi cliche list. Mostly ST stuff here.PermalinkCommentshumor scifi startrek reference

Angie and Kane Went Away

2007 Nov 19, 12:35Angie and Kane Go Away PartyTwo weekends ago I went down to California for Angie and Kane's going away party. It was fun despite going to a country western club. It was a very large place with plenty of space for line dancing, a dentist chair turned into a make-margaritas-in-your-mouth chair, and of course a mechanical bull. Surprisingly, I did not fit in.

Jon's Go Away PartyThis past weekend Sarah and I went to the EMP and SciFi Museum. The last time I was there was for the Star Trek convention (I'm cool) and Sarah hadn't been before. We also ate in the attached diner which was acceptable.PermalinkCommentsemp seattle nontechnical

Postsingular, a Novel by Rudy Rucker

2007 Nov 2, 11:30Another CC novel on the singularity.PermalinkCommentsrudy-rucker singularity postsingular fiction free literature book cyberpunk read scifi
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