Archive for September, 2007

  • Dawn launching…photograph reproduced by kind permission of NASA.  It’s getting even more cluttered up in space…before long, they’ll need bus lanes.  The latest NASA mission features the unmanned spaceship Dawn which...

    On Dawn

    Dawn launching…photograph reproduced by kind permission of NASA.  It’s getting even more cluttered up in space…before long, they’ll need bus lanes.  The latest NASA mission features the unmanned spaceship Dawn which...

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  • Rather to my surprise, I’ve won (or part won, or shared in the winning of) an award for my radio drama Gaza. It’s the Clarion Award, which was given for...

    On Winning an Award (Sort of)

    Rather to my surprise, I’ve won (or part won, or shared in the winning of) an award for my radio drama Gaza. It’s the Clarion Award, which was given for...

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  • I’ve just finished reading The Electric Church by Jeff Somers.  I’d recommend it strongly.  It’s a blisteringly exciting, brilliantly conceived cyber-noir-thriller-actionmovie-SF novel.  Somers is a clever high-octane writer, and has...

    On the Electric Church

    I’ve just finished reading The Electric Church by Jeff Somers.  I’d recommend it strongly.  It’s a blisteringly exciting, brilliantly conceived cyber-noir-thriller-actionmovie-SF novel.  Somers is a clever high-octane writer, and has...

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  • I wrote a little while ago about why women are still getting short-changed in action movies…and now to competely confute and contradict me, along come two movies with female action...

    More Action Women

    I wrote a little while ago about why women are still getting short-changed in action movies…and now to competely confute and contradict me, along come two movies with female action...

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  • It continues to be a busy time up in space…after some difficulties, the plucky robot explorer Opportunity is now roaming in Victoria Crater, Mars.  A fly-past of Iapetus has yielded...

    On Peggy Whitson

    It continues to be a busy time up in space…after some difficulties, the plucky robot explorer Opportunity is now roaming in Victoria Crater, Mars.  A fly-past of Iapetus has yielded...

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  • I spent Sunday on the South Bank,  in the midst of the Thames Festival.  Music, food, and a Night Carnival featuring the fabulous London School of Samba.  And at lunchtime,...

    On Being Blasted!

    I spent Sunday on the South Bank,  in the midst of the Thames Festival.  Music, food, and a Night Carnival featuring the fabulous London School of Samba.  And at lunchtime,...

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  • A friend of mine emailed me last week to say that he’d been using the Astronomy Picture of the Day link on my site…and loved what he saw there. This...

    On Space, the Next Frontier

    A friend of mine emailed me last week to say that he’d been using the Astronomy Picture of the Day link on my site…and loved what he saw there. This...

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  • Take a look at this.  It’s a love sonnet written in prose by Jonathan Ross about one of his childhood heroes, Steve Ditko.  I loved Marvel comics too, I loved...

    On Steve Ditko

    Take a look at this.  It’s a love sonnet written in prose by Jonathan Ross about one of his childhood heroes, Steve Ditko.  I loved Marvel comics too, I loved...

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  • Today was the first day of the BBC’s Blast! festival at the National Theatre (in Theatre Square, just outside the main building.)  This offers nine days of events for young...

    On Blast!

    Today was the first day of the BBC’s Blast! festival at the National Theatre (in Theatre Square, just outside the main building.)  This offers nine days of events for young...

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  • Yesterday I played approximately 43 games of Spider Solitaire.  I hate the 4 pack version, because I never win, so I play the 2 pack version.  I came out maybe...

    On Wasting Time, Profitably

    Yesterday I played approximately 43 games of Spider Solitaire.  I hate the 4 pack version, because I never win, so I play the 2 pack version.  I came out maybe...

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  • I’ve just been reading Stephen Baxter’s Deep Future, a book of essays about the future and what it may bring.   It’s great stuff, and it has some excellent sections on...

    On the Joy Of Space

    I’ve just been reading Stephen Baxter’s Deep Future, a book of essays about the future and what it may bring.   It’s great stuff, and it has some excellent sections on...

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  • Isn’t it annoying, in a world of 24 hours news and ever more intrusive media stories,  how the really important stories get neglected and ignored? This thought occurred to me recently ...

    On Becoming Immortal

    Isn’t it annoying, in a world of 24 hours news and ever more intrusive media stories,  how the really important stories get neglected and ignored? This thought occurred to me recently ...

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