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

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Tim Dooley, Tuesday, 8-25-15

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2541-BWB-2015-08-25.mp3

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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.

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Chris Carberry, Monday, 8-20-12 August 21, 2012

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Chris Carberry, Monday, 8-20-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1837-BWB-2012-08-20.mp3

Guest:  Chris Carberry.  Topics: Explore Mars programs, space policy & presidential campaigns, HSF to Mars.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Chris Carberry back to the show to update us on new Explore Mars programs and also to talk about space policy & issues as part of a presidential campaign. You can follow along on their website, www.exploremars.org.  In our first segment, Chris started out talking about the Curiosity rover on Mars and its impact on policy and programming back here on Earth.  He also told us about a website created by Explore Mars, www.getcurious.com.  This additional site focused on Curiosity, but also as you will hear, described their Mars boulder program, what happened and where the thousand pound boulders went after Curiosity landed.  During this segment, we had a lengthy discussion about space as a political priority in presidential campaigns and Chris told us why in his experience space policy does not typically enter a presidential campaign.  Later we both said that the biggest issue facing our space program and HSF to Mars is the lack of political will.  Chris went on to tell us about their upcoming Space Blitz on Capitol Hill on Sept. 12, 2012, a joint program and effort with the NSS.  Chris concluded the first segment by telling us about an Explore Mars upcoming conference on Mars education scheduled for May 6-8, 2013.

In the second segment, a listener asked Chris why Explore Mars targeted women in its programming. Don’t miss the explanation offered by Mr. Carberry.  By the way, as far as I know, Explore Mars is one of only a few, maybe the only organization, that does programming specifically for women in space and for Mars activities.  Chris returned to Mars and space policy in political campaigns as well as political agendas, both in Congress and among the nation’s general population.  Since Chris is from Massachusetts, he got a few questions asking about congressional races in the state and the space policy/positions of the candidates competing for house and senate seats.  Chris was unsure of the various space/Mars candidate positions but noted that neither space or Mars had been or would likely be a discussion topic in anyone’s campaign this year.  I then asked Chris if he could design a space policy for a political candidate and he said yes though he would have to be very careful about how the policy was put forth and debated.  Don’t miss this discussion! I did encourage him to create such a campaign and post it on a blog or website for general information available to any candidate of any party who actually is interested in space or Mars.  Later in the segment, we talked about the importance of a Mars sample return mission, the potential for the private sector to fund an HSF program to Mars, and what he thought the Mars program in particular would look like in five years.  As the show was ending, he was asked about a Martian moon mission to either Phobos or Deimos.  In his concluding comments, he mentioned the upcoming 50th anniversary of our leaving the Moon and not returning.  He said we can certainly do better than that.

Please post your comments/questions on the blog.  You can email Chris through the Explore Mars website.