Starting a new Youtube channel – Sci and Sci – Fi

Connecting the public to Science and Technology through story telling.

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Raiders of the Lost World

An adventure story. Indiana Jones meet Jurassic Park. Originally published in 2019 in Gunsmoke & Dragonfire Weird West anthology.

Now you can buy the story as a stand-alone.

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Cities of the Future panel at When Words Collide

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My When Words Collide 2020 Schedule

2020 When Words Collide festival will be free and online.

To join any panel by zoom, download the program guide:

Saturday, August 15th

12:00PM Ethics & Exploration Contamination

Jim Sheasby, Michael Gillett, Ron S. Friedman [PM]

When we begin exploring our solar system and creating off world colonies, we won’t be going alone. We’ll be bringing bacteria, and viruses with us that could contaminate and even destroy potential alien life. How do we avoid bringing plagues to new worlds? Should we visit them at all? This panel will discuss the ethics of human space exploration. Host: Selene O’Rourke


Saturday, August 15th

4:00PM Researching Alternative Histories

Ron S. Friedman, B.G. Cousins, Susan Forest, Chris Patrick Carolan [PM]

Based on elements stemming from real life, Alternative History can mix elements of sci-fi, fantasy and historical fiction. Writing them requires impeccable research, and scrupulous attention to detail. Our panelists will share how to do methodical historical research, what makes a great alternative history and how to write them. Host: Calvin D. Jim

Host: Calvin D. Jim


Sunday, August 16th

12:00 PM Sunday – Space Force versus Mars


 Jim Sheasby, David Worsick, J.R.H. Lawless, Ron S. Friedman [PM]

Private companies are building ships to ferry colonists to Mars. At the same time, countries are funding the creation of military forces in space and colonies on the moon. Can both interests coexist? Or will there be war—figuratively or literally. Join in this riveting discussion about humanity’s imminent expansion beyond our planet and the challenges it will bring. Host: Susan Forest


Sunday, August 16th

3:00 PM Cities of the Future

B.G. Cousins, Ariel Kroon, Holly Schofield, Ron S. Friedman

How will climate change, population growth and mass immigration affect the cities of the future? Will we live in mega buildings that reach the clouds? Build massive city rafts on the ocean? Or live underground in tunnels and caves? This panel will discuss what our future cities may look like.

Host: Tammy Lyn Carbol


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July 15th Canadian Authors / SF Canada

I delivered a presentation on July 15th on character based conflicts organized by Canadian Authors and SF Canada.

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My first article translation to German.

My articles had been translated to French, Spanish, Italian, Indonesian and Portuguese, but it always exciting to be translated for the first time to a new language.

This one is about establishing a colony on the Moon and Mars.

Warum versuchen wir, den Mars vor dem Mond zu kolonisieren?

2 Antworten
Ilias Ryspaev
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My article about Voyager 1 was nominated to the Aurora Award

The ballot:

The article:

No…. But….

The escape velocity from the Milky Way is 550 km / second.

The Sun’s orbital velocity around the galactic center is 220 km / second.

Voyager 1 top speed was 17 km / second. That’s not enough to escape our galaxy even at the most optimal trajectory.

Voyager 1 had left the Solar System into interstellar space. But it will remain in orbit around the galactic center for at least another 4.5 billion years.

After 4.5 billion years into the future, the Andromeda Galaxy will collide with our own Milky Way Galaxy. I’m not sure what will happen to Voyager 1 then.

Most of the materials in the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxies will remain in the combined galaxy, but some materials will be ejected into intergalactic space.

In conclusion, Voyager 1 will not leave the Galaxy in the next 4.5 billion years. What will happen next to the spacecraft is not entirely clear.

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An article I wrote was translated to Spanish


Con toda probabilidad, sí, suponiendo que no nos extingamos, y nuestra civilización no colapsará.

El sistema estelar más cercano, Alpha Centauri, está a 4.2 años luz de distancia. Existe una buena posibilidad de que para el próximo siglo tengamos la tecnología que nos permita construir una nave espacial que pueda alcanzar una velocidad relativista, alrededor del 5% o incluso el 10% de la velocidad de la luz.

Esas tecnologías pueden incluir fusión nuclear o propulsión por fisión, navegación ligera y otros motores experimentales.

Al 10% de la velocidad de la luz, un viaje a una distancia de 4.2 años luz llevará 40 años.

Entonces, si para 2120, dentro de 100 años, construiremos una nave espacial capaz de viajar a otro sistema estelar al 10% de la velocidad de la luz, llegará a Alpha Centauri poco después de 2162.

E incluso con la tecnología actual de cohetes químicos, podemos construir una nave espacial de generación que pueda alcanzar el sistema estelar más cercano en aproximadamente 7,000 años, utilizando la asistencia de gravedad más óptima. Eso sigue siendo mucho menos de mil millones de años.

El Proyecto Orión, una propuesta de la década de 1960 para construir una nave espacial propulsada por bombas nucleares, en teoría puede alcanzar el 5% C.

Un pequeño comentario. Nuestro Sol se llama Sol, y nuestro Sistema Estelar se llama Sistema Solar. Será más preciso preguntar cómo llegar a otro Sistema Estelar en lugar de otro Sistema Solar.

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