Sometimes when I read the news, particularly the science and tech sections, I get all “THE FUTURE IS NOW, SCIENCE FICTION IS REAL OOGITY BOOGITY,” etc, etc. So I decided to make a thing of collecting all the latest science-fiction-sounding news in a blog post and sharing it with the rest of the Book Punks. Think of it as a buffet of science non-fiction, as inspiration for your next sci fi novel, or just join us to learn some really cool shit. Feel free to tell us about all the cool stuff we missed in the comments. It is brain candy of the most nourishing kind.
German scientists are sending tomatoes into space.
GIANT MUTANT KILLER TOMATOES MWAH AH AH. Ehem. Well, actually, just regular tomatoes in an unmanned greenhouse satellite that will be monitored by cameras and robots and things. They want to see if tomatoes can be grown without humans in zero gravity, says deutschland.de via DLR. So someday we’ll be growing crops in space? Or at least prepared to feed ourselves if the Earth gets sizzled Poul Anderson After Doomsday style?
Mars is in Hawaii.
Speaking of the DLR (that stands for Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt or the German Aerospace Center), Lucie Poulet, a DLR scientist, and six others are currently locked in a Mars simulation being run by the University of Hawaii on Mauna Loa. I think the U of H should consider offering the experience as a writing workshop to science fiction authors. I wonder if a workshop like that would have changed Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, P.K. Dick’s The Martian Time Slip, Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars, or Andy Weir’s The Martian.
Does net neutrality mean the internet is going to have ghettos?
It sure sounds like it. Because apparently America is considering making it legal for internet providers to charge more for faster service. Maybe it will work out just fine; maybe it will be over turned. Or maybe you’ll find this bit of news in the “News From Dystopia” column in a couple of years (months?). I like how io9 put it in the title of their article on the subject: “The Internet Is About to Become Worse Than Television.”
Wearable technology freaks me the fuck out.
Particularly since I read Dave Eggers The Circle. But, hey, maybe it won’t go dystopian on us. Maybe it really will “increase our productivity,” as this BBC News video posits. PRIVACY IS THEFT, MAE, SHARING IS CARING. *Runs off into hills.*
If birds can do it, why not humans? Bring on the apocalypse.
According to this article, birds living in and around Chernobyl are showing signs of adapting to the negative effects of the radiation there. At least we know something will survive the nuclear apocalypse.
What science-fiction-esque news has been on your radar this week?