Steven Lyle Jordan

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Bernal SphereAn artisan author who has written fifteen original novels over the past two decades—Steven Lyle Jordan’s passions for science, technology and their impact on our society and future are reflected in his futurist fiction novels, which have featured space exploration, robotics, virtual reality, the environment and the energy crisis, and space adventure.  He has been favorably compared to Clarke, Bova and Pohl, and is considered a fervent advocate of genre fiction based on real physics and believable science.

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Seriously: Enclosed ecosystems

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Ascension shipThe SyFy miniseries Ascension has reminded me of the biggest—really, the absolute biggest problem facing missions to other planets and isolated human colonies (and the real reason why the Ascension mission would never have worked in 1963).

It’s the fact that we don’t know how to create and maintain a closed, sustainable ecosystem.  And if you don’t have one of those, I don’t care what else your long-range mission has… it’s doomed to fail. Continue reading

Replacing keys with handwavium?

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NFC chipI’ve spoken before about my loathing of that 500-year-old technology, the lowly key: How I am so tired of depending on this ancient, easily-defeatable technology to secure my property; about how tired I am of carrying a pocketful of them with me everywhere I go, inevitably putting holes in my back pocket, in order to enter my car, to unlock my home, to give me entrance to my office, to lock up my bike, etc, etc.

The device pictured here proves that now, in the 21st century, it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. Continue reading

Definitions of science fiction

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I’m just going to leave these here.

Isaac Asimov. 1975: “Science fiction can be defined as that branch of literature which deals with the reaction of human beings to changes in science and technology.”

John W. Campbell, Jr. 1947: “To be science fiction, not fantasy, an honest effort at prophetic extrapolation from the known must be made.”

War on Christmas?

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2014 Christmas treeThis time of year brings out the usual “war on Christmas” comments… what’s wrong with saying “Merry Christmas”? Everybody loves Christmas! Why not say so?

Actually, some people ARE offended that one holiday is given so much attention (not to mention the one day apparently celebrated from November 28th through January 1st), while other holidays–their holidays–are ignored. And especially given Christianity’s spotty humanitarian history and mythology.

So I totally understand non-Christians being tired of the largest group shouting them down for a month, and wanting to see a little respect for their own traditions.

It’s just being polite… like when Jews, for instance, don’t throw menorahs in your face and demand you speak in Hebrew to them for a week.

So lighten up, Christians. This is not a war. It’s a plea for peace and understanding for all men. Sound familiar?