FDL Book Salon Welcomes Robert M. Farley, Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 1:59 pm

It’s been a rough couple of years for the U.S. Air Force. The flying branch has squandered billions of dollars on gold-plated aircraft and other weapons it doesn’t need. It has mishandled nuclear weapons. Airmen in the nuclear force have been caught cheating on exams. And then there are the numerous sex scandals.

At the same time, the Air Force has struggled to remain relevant during the course of two land-centric wars.

 

Celebrity Race to Space: Lady Gaga Announces 2015 Space Show

By: Friday November 8, 2013 8:00 pm

I don’t know about you guys but I’m super excited by the prospect of going to Space. Even more so after renowned scientist/ tweeter Neil deGrasse Tyson’s epic twitter live-tweet of the movie Gravity and all the things the movie got wrong. At a certain point you just want to check things out for yourself.

LeVar Burton Guides Us to the Stars, FDL Interview (video) #100YSS

By: Friday September 27, 2013 1:10 pm

Last Friday at the 100 Year Starship Symposium, I got to spend a few minutes with a personal hero — LeVar Burton. Burton is a member of the 100YSS Advisory Council, along with pursuing his ongoing acting career and the modern, electronic revival of Reading Rainbow. Here’s a transcript of our talk…

Inventing the Future With 100 Year Starship (#100YSS Friday)

By: Saturday September 21, 2013 3:50 pm

Can we steer humanity away from environmental collapse, austerity, and war with a dream of a new tomorrow?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Brin, Existence

By: Sunday March 3, 2013 1:59 pm

In his latest novel, Existence, David Brin takes on the Fermi Paradox – the apparent contradiction between high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilization and humanity’s lack of contact with, or evidence for, such civilizations. Set in the 2050s, Existence is at once familiar and oh so alien even before the initial contact with an alien artifact occurs.

Late Night: Go and Build No More

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 8:00 pm

My earliest and most vivid memories of elementary school were when we would gather together in a single classroom and watch a rocket take off with a man aboard. I grew up with the Mercury Seven Astronauts, the Gemini program and eventually the Apollo Missions that culminated on July 20 1969 when Neil Armstrong stepped off a ladder onto the moon.

Pull Up a Chair: Space!

By: Saturday May 12, 2012 5:00 am

I have a need for space.

So long James Madison, hello Robert Heinlein

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 1:30 am

Newt Gingrich emphasized his latest policy plank: “We will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American,” Gingrich said.

FDL Movie Night: Man on a Mission

By: Monday January 16, 2012 5:00 pm

At some point everyone of a certain age must have dreamed of being an astronaut, of flying into space, boldly going where man had gone before. I grew up with a dad who was a human factor specialist for NASA, basically an on-earth test astronaut. Richard Garriott–one of our guests tonight and the subject of Man on a Mission–is the son of an astronaut, Owen Garriott who rode aboard Skylab 2; he wanted to follow in his dad’s footsteps. Fate, and bad eyesight, prevented him from becoming an official astronaut so he set off to make his dreams come true (and along the way, he became the father of a whole generation of computer gamers.)

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Anousheh Ansari and Homer Hickam, My Dream of Stars

By: Saturday July 24, 2010 2:00 pm

It’s a great pleasure to host this Book Salon for My Dream of Stars: From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer, by Anousheh Ansari with Homer Hickam. It’s an engaging read, from a unique perspective, and an enlightening story of real determination.

I wasn’t familiar with Anousheh Ansari’s story before reading this book, but I did know the name “Ansari,” from the Ansari X Prize. That was a contest that offered ten million dollars to the first private enterprise to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space. The prize money was collected in 2004, in an event that captured the attention of space enthusiasts throughout the globe. Most of the prize money was put up by Anousheh Ansari and her brother-in-law Amir Ansari, who are true space enthusiasts themselves.

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