Revisiting “The Martian Chronicles” TV miniseries…

  Mars: Warm Fiction vs. Cold Reality.  I have been a Mars fanatic since the age of 9, when the twin Viking spacecraft first touched down on the Red Planet in the summer of 1976.  Mars has long been a theater for humanity’s collective imagination, a strange realm largely the domain of science fiction.  Viking…

Celebrating two mighty machines of Mars…

This week it was official; the Mars rover “Opportunity”, the second of two solar-powered rovers that first landed on Mars in early 2004, was declared dead. Engineers at NASA/JPL-Caltech lost contact after a particularly nasty Martian dust storm last year, and contact never resumed. After 15 years on a hostile alien planet, the first rover…

My personal Martian chronicles…

Discovery. A few days ago, I turned on the news to finally hear something other than scandals, angry tweets, and a world increasingly going to hell in a hand basket.  There was a headline story about the planet Mars.   The Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars almost 6 years ago, had discovered organic material on…

Why Sci-Fi?

This post is going to be a personal exploration as much as an exposition, since I’m not quite sure what the final answer to the headline will be, but I’m curious to find out: why do I enjoy science fiction so much? There are certainly plenty of other genres out there.  There’s comedy, horror, drama,…