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  1. The Moon and Other Things

    “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things,” goes the famous quote from US President John F. Kennedy, “not because they are easy but because they are hard.” But what you don’t know is just how hard the Apollo 11 mission was — and how close it came to disaster.

    Dr Katie Mack, a cosmologist who harbours her own ambitions to follow in the astronauts’ footsteps, recounts the captivating, little known story of her grandfather, Captain Willard Samuel Houston, who acted quickly - and secretly - when Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were in grave danger.

    A story about going to the moon, and about all the other things that make the work worth it.


    Tagged with space apollo

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  2. So Over The Moon

    Producer David Kestenbaum tells the story of an astronaut who returns with a very unexpected view of the great beyond. (21 ½ minutes)

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  3. 34C3 - Dude, you broke the Future!

    We’re living in yesterday’s future, and it’s nothing like the speculations of our authors and film/TV producers. As a working science fiction novelist, I take a professional interest in how we get predictions about the future wrong, and why, so that I can avoid repeating the same mistakes. Science fiction is written by people embedded within a society with expectations and political assumptions that bias us towards looking at the shiny surface of new technologies rather than asking how human beings will use them, and to taking narratives of progress at face value rather than asking what hidden agenda they serve.

    In this talk, author Charles Stross will give a rambling, discursive, and angry tour of what went wrong with the 21st century, why we didn’t see it coming, where we can expect it to go next, and a few suggestions for what to do about it if we don’t like it.

    Charles Stross

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    Tagged with education

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  4. Was Mister Rogers the Best Neighbor Ever? | Part-Time Genius

    From the real reason Mister Rogers used to wear sneakers on the show to why Ella Fitzgerald’s band members used to tune in to the last 5 minutes of every show, Will and Mango pay tribute to one of our favorite humans, Mr. Fred Rogers. Featuring journalist Tom Junod.

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  5. Shannon Luminary Lecture Series - Stephen Fry, actor, comedian, journalist, author

    Stephen Fry, actor, comedian, journalist, author, tech enthusiast and polymath delivered his Shannon lecture "The future of humanity and technology". With over 150 film, TV, and audio performances and over 20 written works, as well as over 12 million Twitter followers, Fry’s wit and wisdom have been read, seen or heard around the globe over multiple generations.

    Fry explores the impact on humanity of emergent technologies and, in classic Bell Labs style, looks back at human history to understand the present and the future. He will outline how humans have adapted to revolutionary changes in all aspects of life over the past millennia, and uses this as a basis for conjecture about the future of human existence in the machine or industrial internet age, and how best to navigate these murky technological and societal waters.

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  6. Science Fiction Greats on Humanity’s Destiny in Space | The Planetary Society

    Robert Zubrin of the Mars Society talks with Gregory Benford, David Brin, Geoffrey Landis and Larry Niven about terraforming Mars, the origin of life, the drive to explore and more.

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  7. Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi: “Walkaway & the Collapsing Empire” | Talks at Google

    Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi stop by the Googleplex to discuss their most recent books, and each other.

    Cory Doctorow’s "Walkaway" Fascinating, moving, and darkly humorous, Walkaway is a multi-generation SF thriller about the wrenching changes of the next hundred years…and the very human people who will live their consequences.

    John Scalzi’s "The Collapsing Empire" Our universe is ruled by physics. Faster than light travel is impossible—until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars.

    Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war—and, for the empire’s rulers, a system of control.

    The Flow is eternal—but it’s not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well. In rare cases, entire worlds have been cut off from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, three individuals—a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency—must race against time to discover wha…

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  8. No Agenda 876

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  9. Kim Stanley Robinson: Origins of the Red Mars Trilogy — The Interval, 02016

    Author Kim Stanley Robinson explains some key influences on his classic Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars series of science fiction novels. They include NASA data, a beat poet, a couple scifi legends, and a Marxist political theorist (for starters). Robinson spoke in Long Now’s “Conversations at The Interval" lecture series in May 02016.

    Thanks for watching, if you like this video, please share it! Look for new video clips of Interval talks here each week.

    On May 10, 02016 author Kim Stanley Robinson spoke at The Interval on "Beyond Capitalism: How Climate Will Evolve Government and Society" ideas that inform his 02017 novel "New York 2140". He was joined onstage by Long Now Foundation co-founder Stewart Brand.

    “Conversations at The Interval" is an ongoing long-term thinking lecture series at The Interval bar/cafe in San Francisco. Thanks to the generous support of the Elkes Foundation, Long Now is able to publish videos of these talks for the first time.

    Watch for the full video of this talk in Spring 02017 on website + an audio podcast of Interval talks.

    The Long Now Foundation is a non-profit located in San Francisco that is dedicated to fostering long-term thinking and responsibility. Find out more at

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  10. How Hugo Award Winning Sci-Fi Author John Scalzi Writes: Part One | Rainmaker.FM

    The Hugo winner and multiple New York Times bestselling science fiction author, John Scalzi, took a break from his whirlwind new book tour to chat with me about The Collapsing Empire, the timely importance of great storytelling, and what makes a writer truly great.

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    His wildly popular debut novel, Old Man’s War, began as a serialized blog before attracting attention from an agent. Its 2006 publication earned him a Hugo nomination and multiple awards.

    Since then he’s written dozens of novels including New York Times bestsellers The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, Redshirts (2013’s Hugo winner for Best Novel), and Lock In. His work has been translated into over 20 languages and multiple projects have been optioned for film and TV.

    It’s no surprise that the prolific author has been a professional writer since the early ’90s. In addition to his award-winning blog, “Whatever,”

    John has written: freelance journalism, novellas, short stories, a wide-range of non-fiction, video games, been a Creative Consultant for a hit TV series, and remains a Critic at Large for the LA Times.

    In 2015 the author signed a multi-million dollar deal with Tor Books for 13 titles over 10 years, and the first of those is The Collapsing Empire, a bestselling interstellar space opera that’s been described as “Game of Thrones meets Dune.”

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    In Part One of this file John Scalzi and I discuss:

    How publishing is like giving birth

    The secret behind most overnight successes

    How a prolific sci-fi writer researches ideas

    On beating laziness, and the author’s daily ritual

    The writer’s greatest challenge

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    How Hugo Award Winning Sci-Fi Author John Scalzi Writes: Part OneKelton Reid




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    Whatever – John Scalzi’s Hugo Award winning blog

    Announcing The Expanding Tour 2017! 24 Cities! Five Weeks!

    The Collapsing Empire – John Scalzi

    John Scalzi’s author page on Amazon

    John Scalzi, Science Fiction Writer, Signs $3.4 Million Deal for 13 Books – New York Times

    John Scalzi on Twitter

    Kelton Reid on Twitter

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