New Worlds Voyage

🎤  🔉 NEW WORLDS VOYAGE   They say one day the stars will be so far away from one another as to be forevermore invisible, one to another. Imagine, if one could get financed, the intergalactic Columbus of that age – Possessed of such bravery to set sail beyond “Sol,” without stars to beckon or guide, […]

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SENSE OF REALTY

SENSE OF REALTY We think one day we’ll find another Earth encircling some other distant sun. It won’t be like the planet of our birth. not one can stand up to comparison. If lucky, we’ll find one that’s the right mass — not to crush us with its gravitation — with atmosphere made of breathable […]

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TOPPING THE STAR CHARTS

In 1977, a recording of “Liu Shui” (流水; Stream), as performed by Guan, was chosen to be included in the Voyager Golden Record, a gold-plated LP recording containing music from around the world, which was sent into outer space by NASA on the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft. It is the longest excerpt included on the disc (lasting seven minutes and […]

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POOR REFLECTION

POOR REFLECTION   If we find life a few light-years from here, and it turns out that that life’s multi-celled and that it is intelligent, I fear they’ll still be dumb, and hope will be dispelled. What if they’re even stupider than us – some ancient culture that never evolved – no bronze age, their […]

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First Appearance

FIRST APPEARANCE In memoriam Robert Sheckley reflected in glass a commonplace human, startling at first he’d fit in, he knew Earth’s sentient forms blinded by expectations   Trying to gropple in this restricted body, settled for a grin. I was very happy to have this tribute to one of my favorite writers and all time […]

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Life In Europa

One of four discovered (in 1610) by Galileo, Europa is the smallest of the Galilean moons, but still larger than Pluto.  It is very bright because it is entirely covered in ice. When Zeus (Jupiter) raped Europa, he “abducted” her in the form of a white bull.  In the above collage, you can see the […]

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OUMUAMUA, DAGGER OF DEATH

  OUMUAMUA (1I/2017U1) Dagger of Death Oumuamua, dagger from space, is flung at its target end over end – too fast for any rocket to outpace. Earth, spun within the Sun’s disc, can’t defend against this object just recently spied (though it is the size of a football field) – a blade ten times as […]

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