Monthly Archives: November 2016

Colonist Wanted

As usual, the very first skill a new colony needs is a terraformer farmer agricultural specialist, who can get more food to grow. From the comments, I gather that deciduous trees (which lose their leaves), worms to improve the soil, … Continue reading

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Escapism vs. Exaltation

I enjoyed the article Escapism vs. Exaltation: Two Opposing Motives for Sci-Fi and Fantasy, which provides a look at sci-fi and fantasy from a hard Christian Reconstructionist perspective – a viewpoint that I share. But I have my differences, listed … Continue reading

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The (Potential) Power of One Single Ship

From the National Interest The brief but bloody naval war that occurred in 1982 over the Falkland Islands, known as the Malvinas in Argentina, is typically viewed as a triumph of British naval power. A Royal Navy task force managed … Continue reading

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David Drake, and the Purpose of Sci-Fi

From a previously mentioned article on Drake’s stories, I just want to grab two quotes: The Hammer’s Slammers stories became Drake’s trademark, for better or worse. And when Jim Baen moved to Tor and then founded Baen Books, David Drake … Continue reading

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Baen Books – The Free Library

Andrew in one of his latest comments reminded me of David Drake, which reminded me of the Baen Free Library of sci-fi books. Typing in “David Drake“, I get some interesting material, from the non-SF side. For example, for the … Continue reading

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Seven Types of Muslim Headscarves for Women

From 22 Words From the BBC… The word hijab comes from the Arabic for veil and is used to describe the headscarves worn by Muslim women. These scarves come in a myriad of styles and colours. The type most commonly … Continue reading

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“SCIFI Weapons That Actually EXIST!”

A bit sensational — and the title is pure clickbait (that I fell for) — but still inspirational for many Travellers, so here it is!

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Tiny Media Networks and Small-Pop Systems

The really really small, low-pop worlds remind me of St Helena, a tiny British island in the middle of the Atlantic (population 4,534, as of 2016), a former key port of the British Empire, and the exile site of Napoleon: … Continue reading

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Desperate Interstellar Migrations

A NY Times article, Hungry Venezuelans Flee in Boats to Escape Economic Collapse, is useful grits for the Traveller mill. The dark outlines of land had just come into view when the smuggler forced everyone into the sea. Roymar Bello … Continue reading

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The Flat-Pack Truck

The Ox, a flat-pack off-road truck, is the kind of thing that could be a good money-maker in primitive parts of Charted Space… like, say, the Empty Quarter. The flat, assemble-on-site construction means that you can pack more vehicles in … Continue reading

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