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Tim Dooley, Tuesday, 8-25-15 August 26, 2015

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Tim Dooley, Tuesday, 8-25-15


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Guest: Timothy (Tim) Dooley; Topics: The Victorian Space Age and Tim’s new book, “Tales From An Alternate History.” Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm. For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed back to the show Tim Dooley to discuss terraforming Venues from the perspective of his new book “Terraforming Venus: Tales From An Alternate History.” His excellent book is available at Amazon and if you purchase it using the OGLF portal (instructions are on our website and all archived summary programs including those on our blog) Amazon will make a contribution to TSS/OGLF. Visit Tim’s website, www.victorianspaceage.com. Also, it is important to note that Tim’s work is part of the steampunk genre and it is pure fantasy. Tim was not constrained by reality, physics, or engineering. His only limitations had to do with his imagination. Sit back and let your imagination go and enjoy the Victorian Space Age stories and times and the amazing images that Tim has produced to illustrate the stories. In our first segment, Tim introduced us to his storyline comprising Tales From An Alternate History. In addition, if you follow along with us on Tim’s Victorian Space Age website, he tells you how to access story lines he is discussing, how to see the illustrations, and to follow the time lines. I strongly suggest you listen to this show and follow along on the website. The first storyline we talked about focused on his book, “Terraforming Venus.” Tim introduced us to the main characters, the propulsion technology, and how Venus was terraformed by figuring out how to change the rotation period to match Earth’s rotation of a 24 hour day. Note again all of this is pure fantasy so let your imagination run wild as Tim details the Victorian Space Age for us, starting with activity on Venus. Later in the segment, Tim was asked how he handled life support issues, microgravity, spacesuits, and more. Given the Victorian Space Age and fantasy, Tim was not constrained by the realities of space travel so the Victorian Space Age space program could do just about anything in space. He also introduced us to silicon based life, to aliens, and in the second segment aliens become more a part of the timelines. In responding to a question about rockets, Tim said rockets were the mainstay of the space program in this period, even for interstellar travel. Don’t miss how he designed interstellar travel for this period. A listener asked if the Victorian Space Age was a private or commercial project or government run program. He said it was government but the US let down in some areas so the European Consortium stepped forward for Mars travel. Before the segment ended, he told us how he modeled a character regarding Mars travel after Dr. Robert Zubrin.

In the second segment, John from Ft. Worth called us to talk physics, fantasy and more. Additional clarification was given us on the European Consortium and Mars with Tim telling us how to access the Mars information on the website by going to the specific timeline and then to specific pages within the timeline. In response to another question, Tim said he has completed 32 stories but hopes to complete a total of 60 such short stories and four books. Other topics Tim was asked about included the use of airships during this time period, spaceports, gravity & radiation issues. Tim was later asked if any of the alien inhabitants on other planets got angry and attacked Earth. He said yes. He was also asked if different species mated with humans to create another species and he said yes, that too was in his alternate history. Dr. Doug emailed about science fiction and fantasy & wondered about readers wasting time with the fantasy, time that was not spent benefitting humanity. Note Tim’s response to Doug’s question plus my comments. I suggested not everything in space had to do with benefitting humanity and I loved a good fantasy and entertainment. Tim’s work is certainly that, no questions asked. Tim mentioned that being off world was a frequent concept he used as in his alternate history as humans were and are not confined to Earth. Later, Tim was asked about nuclear power in steampunk, how he dealt with health, illness, disease and related items in his timelines, then Tim from Huntsville called to ask Tim questions about writing a book and overcoming writer’s block. Tim concluded our discussion by focusing on “Terraforming Venus,” his alternate history timeline, his website, and his Facebook page.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog URL above. Tim can be reached through me or through his website.


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