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The long watch / Re: 2017 Obituaries
« Last post by EveningStar on August 21, 2017, 01:54:38 PM »
Science fiction author Brian Aldiss dies aged 92

Brian Aldiss, the “grand old man” of science fiction whose writing has shaped the genre since he was first published in the 1950s, has died at the age of 92.

Aldiss’s agent, Curtis Brown, and his son, Tim Aldiss, have announced that the author, artist, poet and memoirist died at home in Oxford in the early hours of 19 August. “Brian had celebrated his birthday with close friends and family and spoken to many close to him,” wrote Tim on Twitter as he announced the death of “our beloved father and grandfather”.

Aldiss was the author of science fiction classics including Non-Stop, Hothouse and Greybeard, as well as the Helliconia trilogy, which his agent said bridged “the gap between classic science fiction and contemporary literature”. His numerous short stories include Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, which was adapted into the Steven Spielberg film AI ...


Arts and Entertainment / The 27th Day
« Last post by EveningStar on August 21, 2017, 10:43:47 AM »
The 27th Day

I've always enjoyed this 75 minute 1957 Cold War era film by John Mantley from his 1956 novel. I saw it in the theater when it was first released and subsequently read the novel. Arnold Moss, who portrays The Alien, is also known for portraying Anton Karidian / Kodos the Executioner in the Star Trek:TOS episode, "The Conscience of the King." Renowned voice actor Paul Frees makes a rare onscreen appearance as Ward Mason, the newscaster.

That's your opinion / Re: Political Cartoons and Other Political Humor - 2017
« Last post by EveningStar on August 21, 2017, 10:16:43 AM »

The long watch / Re: 10 Plans Hitler Would Have Put In Motion If The Nazis Had Won
« Last post by byram on August 20, 2017, 02:05:47 PM »
I like the idea of a gigantic space mirror. Cities like San Fran, LA, Chicago, NYC etc could be zapped out of existence. We wouldn't need to fight ISIS, just find out where their camps are and zap them to ashes.
The long watch / 10 Plans Hitler Would Have Put In Motion If The Nazis Had Won
« Last post by EveningStar on August 20, 2017, 01:56:08 PM »
Mark Oliver
August 20, 2017

Adolf Hitler thought he was going to win. The Nazis didn’t just take battle plans and explosives into World War II; they had plans for a whole new world order. When the fighting and the bloodshed were done, they were going to build a new fascist empire over the ruins of Europe.

The Nazis already had already written up the blueprints for their new order. If everything had gone according to Hitler’s plan, the world today would be a different place. And in many ways, the Nazi new world order wouldn’t have been what you’d expect.

In the News / Re: The ANTIFA fascists encourage nationwide riots for November 4th?
« Last post by byram on August 20, 2017, 11:53:31 AM »
Make sure your guns are clean.

Freaking nitwits.
What could go wrong with that great idea?  :001_rolleyes:
Avery Thompson
Popular Mechanics
August 18, 2017

Beneath Yellowstone National Park is a giant volcano. The heat from this volcano powers all of the park's famous geysers and hot springs, so most tourists probably don't worry about having tons of hot magma under their feet. But perhaps they should: The Yellowstone supervolcano is a disaster waiting to happen.

The supervolcano erupts about every 600,000 years, and it's been about that long since the last eruption. That means the volcano could erupt any day now, and if it does it'll send enough dust and ash into the sky to blot out the sun for years, along with blowing a 25-mile-wide crater in the western U.S. That's why a group of NASA scientists and engineers are developing a plan to prevent an eruption by stealing the volcano's heat...

NASA's plan is to drill a hole into the side of the volcano and pump water through it. When the water comes back out, it'll be heated to over 600 degrees, slowly cooling the volcano. The team hopes that given enough time, this process will take enough heat from the volcano to prevent it from ever erupting...

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