Editor’s Note – August 2010
We want to live forever. Get us off this rock. Those two desires are at the heart of how we think about science fiction.
What scientific advances will change the world next? How will they affect our lives? Will advances in biology and technology prolong our lives or even allow us to move beyond our bodies?
Can man move beyond earth and near earth orbit? Can we live on the Moon and Mars and push even farther out? Can be overcome the vast expanses of space? Are we willing to even try?
The stories we present this month consider many of these questions and we are pleased to bring them to you. Rahul Kanakia’s “Death’s Flag is Never at Half-Mast” takes a traditional British naval tale and projects it into a space opera underpinned by cloning and ‘mining’ the timestream. Could we live forever? Gray Rinehart’s “Memorial at Copernicus” rewrites a page of history that frustrates so many of us, the end of the Apollo program, and considers how moving into space could change our own world (and get us off this rock).
As for our nonfiction, Henry Cribbs is back and this month he’ll take a look at techware and it’s pivotal role in some of science fiction’s most influential works, including Starship Troopers and Neuromancer.
Writers are always looking for a bit of advice or that ‘one thing’ that will make their work transcendent. We often turn to books about writing and I’ll take at look at three different types of books (from my embarrassingly extensive library).
Our interviews will kick off with Voltaire, a popular musician at speculative fiction conventions. Paul Clemmons caught up with him at a con and had a wide-ranging and entertaining conversation. Well worth taking a look.
We will add an interview with Keats Wilkie, an engineer who has worked with both NASA and JPL, later in August.
Thanks for coming by, and we hope you find something you enjoy in this month’s Redstone Science Fiction.