Tag: space travel
Want to read: The road not taken
“The Road Not Taken” is a science fiction short story by American writer Harry Turtledove, set in 2039, in which he presents a fictitious account of a first encounter between humanity and an alien race, the Roxolani.
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It’s a first contact story that suggests most species in the galaxy develop an anti-gravity/ftl technology incredibly early, and so they end up colonizing the stars without ever developing beyond 15th century tech
Two Clever Historical Uses of Weaving
Weaving computer memory out of wire for the moon mission!
Spying with knitting!
We Could Build a Skyhook Now
Getting to space is incredibly hard, expensive and needs a lot of resources. A more efficient way to get there is a Skyhook (or Spacetether), an ever rotating cable with a counter weight, that catapults spaceships from earth orbit into the depths of space.
Apparently we have the technical knowledge to build a skyhook today??? Can we get on that?
As a sci-fi writer I feel some distress that I was born too soon to see real space exploration. I hope to see advances in my lifetime.
I have to chuckle because of course I chose a space elevator (which is not currently technically feasible) for my (on hold) space opera. I needed it for plot reasons 🤷♀️