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Cassini Fly-By

Regular Readers will know that we’re huge fans of NASA’s remarkable Astronomy Picture of the Day feature (APOD). We encourage anyone interested in astronomy to visit regularly or add it to their RSS feed. And every now and then, the good people at NASA put up something so spectacular that we feel compelled to share […]

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Science Fiction Science: A Report From the Front Lines of SETI

We are thrilled to welcome Alex Lamb back to the Gollancz blog for a very special guest post. Alex is the author of the Robotoeer trilgoy (Roboteer, Nemesis, Exodus). Today, Alex takes us behind the scenes of the SETI project and talks about the real life science that influences his fiction. We science fiction writers […]

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APOD: An Active Night over the Magellan Telescopes

Our admiration for NASA‘s excellent Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD to the cool kids) is on record. We start every day with a look at the latest wonderful image on the site, and every now and then we decide to share one that we particularly enjoy. This time-lapse footage of the night sky over […]

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Happy Birthday, Buzz Aldrin!

Today is a great day to celebrate a great man.  We’re sure you’ve seen something about it in the media, and we wanted to throw our hats into the ring and add our voice to the millions who rightly view this man as a real hero – not just of the United States of America, […]

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From the Archives: Science is Awesome!

Sometimes a news item catches your eye that is so thoroughly science fictional that you have to just stop and admire the awesomeness of the universe and the tool with which we seek to understand it: science. Take this news, for instance, of the discovery of a rogue planet, wandering (appropriately enough) some hundred light […]

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On This Day: Carl Sagan

Four score and two years ago, today, the great Carl Sagan was born. Author of just the one SF novel, Contact, Sagan is nonetheless rightly revered by science fiction fans for his tireless evangelizing on behalf of science in general, but astronomy and the space sciences in particular. His seminal series, Cosmos, is still the […]

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Real Life Scientists’ Favourite Science Fiction

It is almost a trope of the genre that SF writers must spend part of every interview defending the ‘predictions’ SF has got wrong by pointing out (again and again and again …) that SF writers are not in the business of prophecy. Warning about a possible future? Yes. Shining a light on the present? […]

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The Space Age is 59 Today!

On October 4th, 1957, the Space Race burst into life, with early honours going to the Soviet Union. The launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, was a landmark in our species’ history – and it’s probably fair to say it took a few people by surprise . . .     What it […]

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Two Score and Seven Years Ago . . .

So just short of four dozen years ago, this happened: A great day in human history, which  – it could be argued –  has never been bettered. Millions of kids around the world watched Neil Armstrong take these famous steps and dared to dream that they, too, might one day walk on another world. ** […]

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On This Day: Apollo Set in Motion

On this day, fifty-five years ago, US President John F. Kennedy gave a speech to the US congress in which he lit the blue touch paper on the greatest journey the human race has thus far undertaken. I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of […]

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Sir Patrick Moore Three Years On

This post first appeared, in a slightly different form, in 2013, a year after Sir Patrick Moore’s death. The emotions that prompted it in that first instance are virtually the same today, so we re-present it here with minimal changes. He was a great man and we still miss him . . . It is […]

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On This Day: Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan (9 November 1934 – 20 December 1996)  

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