Game Review: System Shock 2

by Mark Aragona No classic science fiction video game list is complete without one of the most ambitious titles of the 90s: System Shock 2. A sequel to the 1994 hit, SS2 is a deft merging of cyberpunk…

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Saturn Moon May Have Saltwater Sea

By Mark Aragona It seems that we don’t have to wander outside of our solar system to find planets that could possibly sustain life. A tiny Saturn moon may just be the place for it. The Cassini-Huygens mission…

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Comic Book Review: 2001 Nights

by Mark Aragona Being a very visual genre, science fiction is an excellent source material for films and comic books—and this is as true in the East as it is in the West. Yukinobu Hoshino’s “2001 Nights” takes…

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Solar ‘Hibernation’ Puzzles Scientists

by Mark Aragona Just when you thought there was nothing new under the sun, it turns out you were just looking in the wrong direction. In a phenomenon not seen since the 17th century, solar activity appears to…

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Book Review: A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski

by Mark Aragona We’ve seen many facets of war in science fiction—from fleet-to-fleet space battles to death rays to whole-scale planetary invasions and genocide. In Joan Slonczewski’s award-winning A Door Into Ocean, we are asked—can there be war…

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Exploring Planets – Tumbleweed Style

by Mark Aragona As the Mars rovers have shown, planetary explorers such as these encounter several tough challenges to their design. Their weight can get them bogged down in sinkholes or sand traps, as in the case of…

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Practical Tips And A New Review

Kyt has uploaded a review of Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson and Mark has given us all some practical tips on surviving in space without a spacesuit. Have a look; and don’t forget to bring a towel.

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How Long Can You Survive Without A Spacesuit?

by Mark Aragona If you write space-based science fiction you may have to craft scenes where an unfortunate soul gets blown out into space without benefit of a protective suit. An accident—an explosion on deck, debris punching through…

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Breakthrough Implant Lets Paralyzed Man Walk Again

By Mark Aragona Forget about exoskeletons—a specially-designed electric device just may do the trick. Rob Summers, a 25-year old native of Portland, Oregon, was the victim of a hit-and-run in 2006. While he survived, Summers was paralyzed from…

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Upcoming Science Fiction Movies for 2011

by Mark Aragona Science fiction has long been a favorite topic for summer films and 2011 is no exception. But this year’s crop of movies looks to have something for everyone, having the usual exciting FX-driven fare as…

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