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Timothy Sandefur, Tuesday, 12-1-15 December 2, 2015

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Timothy Sandefur, Tuesday, 12-1-15

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Guest:  Timothy Sandefur;  Topics:  “The Politics of Star Trek,” Kirk & Spock, science fiction, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica & more.  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 Timothy (Tim) Sandefur, principal attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, to discuss his article at Claremont.org, “The Politics of Star Trek.”  You can download this article at www.claremont.org/crb/article/the-politics-of-star-trek.  During the first segment of our 81 minute program, Mr. Sandefur introduced us to the Star Trek universe, explained the focus of his article, his long standing interest in Star Trek, and why he wrote about this subject. He discussed Star Trek in the context of what was happening with liberalism in the country at the time as the New Left was just starting to develop.  All the writers were liberal, the Vietnam war was a crucial turning point with liberalism as was the Chicago Democratic Convention with its riots.  The New Left, which he described, was challenging the traditional left, a challenge that Star Trek picked up upon in the various series.  Our guest was asked if political correctness was part of Star Trek since the original series which aired from 1966-69.  As you will hear mentioned several times in our discussion, Star Trek aired during turbulent times in the country and political correctness was at its earliest stage of development.  He cited some examples of how the writers were going off in this direction.  In addition, he talked at length about the differences represented by Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, again citing various episodes by name as examples of what he was describing.  He backed up his description of tension between Spock and Kirk with episode facts.  Later, I asked him if the basic Star Trek themes, especially for the original series, were also themes represented in literature as well as other movies such as The Matrix.  Mr. Sandefur talked at length about the Matrix and said Kirk always chose reality no matter how harsh it would turn out to be.  Kirk always chose the red pill.  Mr. Sandefur talked about the background of Roddenberry and others coming out of WW2, NAZI hunting which was going on even as the show was being produced, all of which helped to solidify their view of humanity which they worked into Star Trek series.  Again, our guest cited several episodes by name, describing why that particular show reference supported what Mr. Sandefur was describing.  A listener asked him about the Klingons.  Our guest explained how the Klingons were cast as unmitigated evil as Rodenberry and the writers equated them to the former Soviet Union in the Cold War.  The Klingon discussion was most interesting.  We talked about the development of Warf in the later series &the Klingon warrior culture obtaining almost celebrity status.  Before the segment ended, the Romulans were quickly mentioned. Here, our guest said they were mainly about race but more was said about them in the second segment.

In the second segment, we started with a call from John in Ft. Worth.  John talked about the Romulans being an offshoot of the Vulcans, their perhaps being an example of the Chinese or the N. Koreans at the time.  Our guest said that some of the battles with Romulan spacecraft were actually submarine warfare battles using spaceships instead of submarines.  Listeners asked about the economics of the Star Trek society.  Our guest had much to say about this, especially in light of the transporter which in theory would render useless an economic system, supply and demand, scarcity, money and more.  We then talked about constraints imposed on the series by both the replicator and the transporter.  The recent J.J. Abrams version of Star Trek was mentioned but our guest did not like what Abrams had done with the franchise.  Next up, we talked about the Prime Directive which he said was designed to be broken.  Kirk broke the Prime Directive all the time because he firmly believed the people had to be free.  The Lincoln Douglas debates were referenced as were other examples of Kirk’s views which contrasted with Spock who did not want to interfere in other societies, even when the people were enslaved. by a computer like Vol or by a brutal dictator.  In Next Generation, Capt. Picard was the opposite of Kirk and followed the Prime Directive.  In essence, Mr. Sandefur said the Prime Directive was created to be broken.  Our guest received a question about NASA and space exploration, then we talked about Seven of Nine and the Borg.  He said the Borg were extremely evil because the took away individualism which Kirk would have never allowed.  Eventually, the Borg were destroyed by reprogramming the captured Borg Hugh to allow for individualism to be spread back into the collective computer much like a computer virus.  Don’t miss what Tim had to say about the Borg.  Several times during the discussion, Tim referred to the Battlestar Galactica series in contrast to Star Trek.  We also talked about Star Wars in contrast to Star Trek.  Tim said the differences were stark because Star Trek did not do magic and Star Wars was based on magic.  He pointed out parts of Star Wars which were very offensive, racial, and discriminating.  Again, he cited examples in support of his comments.  Near the end of the discussion after talking about the Borg, we talked about the character Q. Q was always putting humanity on trial and in fact in the final episode, humanity finally wins out.  Saving humanity & individualism was an overriding theme of the Star Trek franchise.  Our guest offered us a closing comment to hold close in that Roddenberry viewed humanity as a special gift needing constant nourishment.  It reflected our courage to never let go of this perspective on humanity.

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Keri Kukral, Monday, 3-9-15 March 10, 2015

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Keri Kukral, Monday, 3-9-15

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Guest:  Keri Kukral.  Topics:  Raw Science TV and the Raw Science Film Festival.  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 Ms. Keri Kukral to the program to discuss Raw Science TV and the Raw Science Film Festival held in December 2014.  During our 61 minute discussion, Keri Kukral started out by telling us about her unique path which included being a professional ballet dancer, then studying bio/electrical engineering at Purdue with notable accomplishments to winning a type of business plan competition to create the online science channel Raw Science TV (www.rawscience.tv).  Together with her team, they created the Raw Science Film Festival which had their first award ceremony this past December.  For more information, visit www.rawscience.tv/raw-science-film-fest-award-winners.  During our discussion, we went back and forth between Raw Science TV and the film festival.  Keri mentioned several of the award winning films, the categories for the film festival, and the special award, the Kip Thorne Gravity Award presented to Dr. Kip Thorne.  We also learned that to see many of the winning movies, we can subscribe to the Raw Science Film Festival by registering in the upper right corner of the film festival home page.  Many of the films can be live streamed for free, others at a modest cost.  Listeners asked Keri about entering the film contest, why internet TV rather than cable, student films, international films, and the science fiction genre.  Later in the discussion she was asked about her ballet career and what advantages dance may have given her regarding science that a more traditional path to science would not have offered her or others.  Another area of questions focused on relating to engineering versus science.  We had an interesting discussion about this, especially as to how engineering related to both the TV channel and the film festival.  Keri was asked about space films on both the Raw Science TV Channel as well as the film festival in comparison to other fields of science.  She offered some interesting perspectives on this subject as well as the questions about engineering.  One listener wanted to know what was included in their definition of science.  Keri explained that they require data to evaluate so a film being submitted needs to be associated with data.  Don’t miss this discussion.  We also talked about music and dance as a form of math and neuro science.

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Les Johnson, Sunday, 2-15-15 February 16, 2015

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Les Johnson, Sunday, 2-15-15

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Guest:  Les Johnson.  Topics:  Solar sails, advanced propulsion, HSF, science fiction books & movies, and more.  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 http://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 Les Johnson back to the show to discuss his latest books on popular science & science fiction, solar sails, and much more. In the first segment of our 1 hour 45 minute show, Les began talking about solar sails and their use to go to go around our solar system and eventually to the stars.  There was much interest in the solar sail subject so Les gave us a terrific somewhat technical lesson on solar sails.  We fielded many listener questions and we all learned much about solar sails, their potential, today’s capabilities, materials used, and more.  This was  an exceptional discussion so don’t miss it as solar sails are a very exciting technology for robotic spacecraft.

In the second segment, Les mentioned the Lunar Flashlight and Scout missions.  I asked our guest about the track record for solar sail missions.  If the mission launch was a success, the solar sail mission has been pretty good but there have been issues with the launches on some of the past solar sail missions.  I also inquired about solar sail work, research, and interest around the world and with other space agencies.  A listener emailed wondering if the use of a solar sail made a satellite or a mission more vulnerable to an ASAT type weapon.  We switched gears to talk about the science fiction work Les has done with Ben Bova  regarding mars with his book “Rescue Mode.”  Les talked about his parameters when writing science fiction plus I asked him about the feedback he gets as an author from both his popular science books as compared to his sci-fi books.  You might be surprised by his answer.  Nuclear propulsion came up for discussion and a few listeners wanted to know the human spaceflight awareness level of people when he gives lectures on the topic.  Interstellar flight was discussed as was the movie “Interstellar.”  As we were moving toward closing the program, Less said he believes HSF is going through a golden age and he explained why.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog above.  You can email Les at the address he gave out, through his website at http://www.lesjohnsonauthor.com, or me.

Rob Godwin, Friday, 9-12-14 September 13, 2014

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Rob Godwin, Friday, 9-12-14

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Guest:  Robert (Rob) Godwin.  Topics:  We discussed the new ApogeePrime book “2001: The Heritage And Legacy Of The Space Odyssey” & more.  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 http://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 our program Rob Godwin to discuss his new book, “2001: the Heritage And Legacy Of The Space Odyssey.”  During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Rob began by paying tribute to the late Fred Ordway, co-author of the book as Fred recently passed away.  Fred was also the technical advisor on the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” so Rob spent some time discussing his role, the contacts he had in the global aerospace industry to help make the film accurate, even in the future.  Rob explained the structure of the book with the first two parts coming from Fred and the third part contributed by Rob.  Early in the segment, I asked Rob why this movie still had such a large following and appeal.  Listen to Rob’s explanation.  Why do you think this movie remains so popular today?  Rob talked at length throughout our discussion about Fred’s contacts and he even told stories about Fred getting the latest lunar photos from the Soviet Union and a leading French observatory to help assure the film would not be out of date at release time.  Our guest also talked about Sir Arthur Clarke, his role in the early days of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) and his work with the director, Stanley Kubrick.  Rob went back in time when discussing the first two segments of the book to talk about classic space themed science fiction movies and books.  If this interests you, listen to the program with pen and paper so you can jot them down to find them online at a later date.  In talking about these old classics, Rob showed us how 2001 and later movies were built upon the themes, story lines, and even the special effects of many of these old classics.  Listeners had lots of questions.  Todd wanted to know about the movies impact on our actual space program.  Another asked Rob about the movie’s impact on the NewSpace community. Ben wanted to know about the “hidden & deep meaning” of 2001 movie.  As the segment was ending, we talked about Star Wars, Star Trek & other movies in context with 2001.  Rob hit on  Clarke’s “The Lost Worlds of 2001” as to how he explained the meaning of the movie.

In the second segment, we talked about buying the book at http://www.apogeeprime.com. Rob also told us about an upcoming special event at the IAC in Toronto to honor Fred Ordway and a possible US touring exhibit related to the book and film.  Listeners asked about modern space sci fi films including Gravity & Prometheus, then the discussion returned to Star Trek and the introduction of the idea of suspended animation in film.  Listeners kept bringing up other sci fi films for discussion and Rob stressed the importance of the early& classic work by Voltaire, “Micromegas.” This is a free download at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/30123.  The final part of our discussion focused on classic space TV and movie serials.

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Dr. Rachel Armstrong, Friday, 7-18-14 July 19, 2014

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Dr. Rachel Armstrong, Friday, 7-18-14

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Guest:  Dr. Rachel Armstrong.  Topics:  Living architecture design for interstellar habitable starships.  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 http://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 Dr. Rachel Armstrong to the program to discuss the Icarus Interstellar Project Persephone-Living Architectures.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 37 minute discussion, Dr. Armstrong provided us with a bit of her personal history and background leading up to her interest in space and living architectures.  As you will hear, her medical experience and perspectives were critical to her connecting the body in a relationship with technology.  As our guest began introducing us to Project Persephone, Dr. Armstrong talked about the need to move from an industrial type society and economy to an ecological based system which she fully described throughout both segments of our discussion.  She talked about new ways of understanding and working with matter and microbes leading to new world views, new types of structures, and to space habitats that will evolve based on the needs of the crew.  During our discussion, Dr. Armstrong mentioned many of the leaders in applicable and related fields, their projects, and their papers so I suggest you have pen & paper handy to jot them down for your own research benefits.  Dr. Armstrong, in talking about living architectures, made the point many times over that we should start thinking in broader ways about the materials we use.  Don’t miss her explanation & discussion of this & other important concepts.  I also suggest you read “Designing a Sustainable Interstellar Worldship” written by our guest (http://news.discovery.com/space/private-spaceflight/project-persephone-icarus-interstellar-100yss-120920.htm).  We talked about today’s closed and open loop life support systems and how the future will be built upon the shoulders of today’s engineers and designers.  Dr. Armstrong introduced us to non-human matter in this segment, but we continued talking about it in our last segment as well.  Complexity was discussed, then listener Jack asked by email for our guest to describe the future starship with an evolvable environment.

In our second segment, B John asked if we should skip HSF to the Moon and Mars as distractions, instead focusing on habitable orbiting space stations and growing them into world ships. Don’t miss her answer.  Rachel talked at length in both segments about the manifesto and its purpose and place in ecological starship design.  Our guest also pointed out potential conflicts with solar system exploration and the Outer Space Treaty.  Heather asked Rachel if she would produce a reading and reference list given all the citations and references she offered us in our discussion.  While that might be forthcoming, do visit Rachel’s related website, http://www.blackskythinking.org. B John sent in a follow up email asking just how biologically independent humans are from the Earth and its unmanageable ecology.  Don’t miss Rachel’s reply.  Another listener asked about the concepts being discussed today appearing in sci fi literature and film.  Rachel talked some more about sim biosphere which will be a new upcoming project.  As we were ending, starship cities were discussed as was the Philips Microbial Home (www.design.philips.com/about/design/designportfolio/design_futures/microbial_home.page).  Among the many people referenced by our guest was architect Philip Beesley and his work (www.philipbeesleyarchitect.com).

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David Meerman Scott & Richard Jurek, Friday, 4-18-14 April 19, 2014

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David Meerman Scott & Richard Jurek, Friday, 4-18-14

“Marketing The Moon:  The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program”

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Guests:  David Steerman Scott, Richard Jurek.  Topic:  Mr. Scott & Mr. Jurek’s top new book, “Marketing the Moon:  The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program.”  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 http://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 David Steerman Scott & Richard Jurek to the show to discuss their excellent new book, “Marketing the Moon:  The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program” (www.marketingthemoon.com). This was a 75 minute show without a break.  We started out talking about how the two authors met & decided to collaborate in writing this book.  As you will hear, both are marketing experts and when they met they wondered why the marketing side of the Apollo program had not been written about so they decided to do it.  Not only is their book & this discussion about lessons learned, possible extrapolation points, & seldom if never heard history, it offers answers to many questions asked of guests & listeners on TSS but this time we got some answers that make sense.  Our guests talked about the massive NASA PR & outreach campaign launched to sell the early space program, plus the work the contractors did on their own with media kits, training the press how to handle the science/engineering to be able to explain it to us & more.  We talked about the time period, the U.S. at the time of Apollo, television then and now as well as newspapers & print media then & now.  Our guests also talked about the distribution today for PR & information which is radically different from the days of Apollo.  Both our guests described important attributes for a space program to work.  Some of these included a quest story, defined mission goals, targeted goals & timelines, the need to avoid mission design creep, the need for a global imperative, & a WHY for the mission that drives the mission.  Examples were provided including the Red Bull Stratos jump which did all of the above & the VSE under President Bush which came up lacking.  Listeners asked lots of email questions including asking if a mission could sell itself with demonstrated engineering, technology, and science.  The answer was doubtful but listen to what our guests had to say about this issue.  We talked about missed opportunities over time as great opportunities for audacious and daring projects seldom come around.  They talked about a missed opportunity at the time of 9/11 by going for the Iraq War instead of an Apollo like world game changing program, even one not involved with space.  Later in our discussion, our guests provided us with one of the best reasons for going back to the Moon & doing space programs, especially for human spaceflight. I’m referring to Apollo changing the world forever for the best by spawning youngsters to create Microsoft, Apple, Intel, etc.   These companies & others,  while not directly space companies, used space technology and the energy from that era to build and design revolutionary systems, products, & services that nobody could even come close to predicting at the time.  Don’t miss this important part of our discussion.

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Dr. James (Jim) Benford, Friday, 9-27-13 September 28, 2013

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Dr. James (Jim) Benford, Friday, 9-27-13

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Guest:  Dr. James (Jim) Benford.  Topics:  Sailships, “Starship Century,” interstellar travel, Fermi Paradox & more.  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.

We welcomed Dr. James (Jim) Benford to the program to discuss his book (he was the co-editor) “Starship Century,” and his chapter, Sailships, plus his editing of the book.  During our first segment of this 1 hour 26 minute discussion, Dr. Benford introduced us to Microwave Power Beaming, sailships, solar sails, terrestrial beamed power, in-space beamed power and more.  We talked about microwave beaming as a possible space weapon, the storage of beamed energy, and the use of the millimeter band width for beamed power.  Also in our first segment, we talked about possible time lines for development for interstellar travel.  In this discussion, our guest used Alpha Centauri B as a reference point.  Propulsion in general was discussed with a thumbs down for chemical rockets for doing anything like what we were talking about in this segment.  Listeners asked questions as to why interstellar travel was important at this time given it is so far into the future.

In our second segment, we talked about his goals in editing the book and the fact that if it is bought through the book’s website, www.starshipcentury.com, the proceeds are donated to legitimate interstellar organizations and research.   Jim listed several of the organizations being considered for receiving such proceeds and interestingly, most if not all have been guests on The Space Show over the years.  Dr. Benford mentioned conferences and the Arthur C. Clarke Center at UCSD.  We then talked about the Fermi Paradox and factor L as to the probabilities of finding intelligent life someplace other than Earth.  Faster Than Light Travel was a discussion topic, Jim was asked what his non-space friends thought of his microwave beam power work and interstellar travel.  A listener asked about students in these subject, particularly in the UK and the US.

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Sir Martin Rees, Monday, 9-2-13 September 3, 2013

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Sir Martin Rees, Monday, 9-2-13

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Guest:  Sir Martin Rees.  Topics: Interstellar travel, the future of space &science, quasars, life extension, Mars missions & more.  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.

We welcomed back Sir Martin Rees to discuss his chapter in the new book Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon, edited by James & Gregory Benford.  Sir Martin’s chapter, titled “To the Ends of the Universe,” looks forward through time and centuries to address human spaceflight, eventual interstellar travel, life extension & more.  In looking forward, he levies criticism on the past. We talked about several of his comments regarding our past & current space program. Dr. Rees mentioned the need for life extension though for Mars he said we could do that without life extension but we should not fool ourselves as it will prove far less comfortable than Mt. Everest or the South Pole.  We talked about finding planets & the possibilities for life, then we switched to the discovery of quasars soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Listeners asked our guest about his comments that the political impetus for current & future space work seems to have been lost, especially in contrast to the Apollo era.  In his response, our guest suggested we need low cost and reusable launch vehicles given how costly everything is today.  He commented that mining asteroids did not make sense other than for ISRU purposes. Before going to break, he was asked about the UK government investment in Skylon which he supported.

In the second segment, we spoke about changes in the UK space activity over the past decade.  Sir Martin made comparisons with the UK, ESA & NASA, especially regarding long term planning & our very short one year budgets.  He suggested our budget process makes us unreliable partners in many respects.  Quasars were again a discussion topic, plus Sir Martin fielded a question from a high school student wanting to know how we know the laws of physics are the same throughout the universe.  Another listener wanted to know about science fiction as a leading indicator for science.  Dr. Rees suggested some excellent books for those interested in reading specific science fiction works. James Benford, editor Starship Century called to point out the excellent reading list in the back of the book, plus he offered us important comments about the book & authors. Near the end, Sir Martin was asked to look forward 10-15 years & tell us his thoughts.  His response focused on finding even more planets around the stars, identifying more threatening NEOs, & even more attention given to life extension issues.  The last two questions asked our guest dealt with the ISS living beyond 2020 asking if that was valuable and also the recent podcast by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson that SpaceX would not be able to go to Mars.  Throughout the discussion, he mentioned the private sector doing things government could not, especially due to less risk averseness.

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Robert (Rob) Godwin, Sunday, 8-11-13 August 12, 2013

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Robert (Rob) Godwin, Sunday, 8-11-13

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Guest:  Robert (Rob) Godwin.  Topics: Sir Arthur Clarke, science fiction, & “Arthur C. Clarke: A Life Remembered.”  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

We welcomed back Rob Godwin to discuss the new Apogee Prime book, “Arthur C. Clarke: A Life Remembered” written by Arthur’s brother Fred Clarke plus Rob Godwin and others.  More information about the book and ordering details can be found at http://www.apogeeprime.com/prime/bookpages/9781926837260.html.  During the first segment of the hour 1 hour 47 minute discussion, Rob talked about Arthur’s brother Fred Clarke, the book, the co-authors, and the contributions to the book by noted people in the space industry that knew Arthur Clarke.  Other space Apogee Prime books were mentioned along with their authors, including the book by Anatoly Zak, “Russia In Space.”  Mr. Zak will be a guest on The Space Show regarding his book on Sept. 3.  Rob talked about the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) and noted that sales of the Clarke book help support the BIS.  We talked about early Clarke history plus his science and science fiction. We also spent lots of time talking about the science fiction genre and the contributions by many of the early sci-fi writers.  For sure you will want to listen with pen in hand to jot down authors and books discussed & recommended.  As the first segment ended, pay attention to the Clarke-Asimov treaty discussion! 

In the second segment, we talked more about science fiction and noted authors such as Hugo Gernsback & Olaf Stapledon.   Rob was asked about Sir Arthur and Von Braun of which our guest had much to say.  Listeners via the phone and email talked about hard science fiction, fantasy sci-fi, differences with sci-fi today from years ago and much more.  George Lucas and Star Wars came up as did Arthur’s love of scuba diving and the path he followed that led him to Sri Lanka.  Toward the end, in discussing the evangelism of many of the early sci-fi authors and space enthusiasts such as Clarke, a listener asked for a comparison of then with today’s space cadet “evangelists.”  A listener also brought up Clarke’s view re spiritualism, religion, God, etc. 

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Dr. Paul Abel, Tuesday, 7-2-13 July 3, 2013

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Dr. Paul Abel, Tuesday, 7-2-13

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Guest:  Dr. Paul Abel.  Topics:  We discussed the BBC Sky At Night Program, astronomy & telescopes, UK observing and more.  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 of you interested in the opportunity to submit feedback on the NRC congressionally mandated Human Spaceflight Study, please go to www.nationalacademies.org/humanspaceflight.   Please remember that your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).

We welcomed Dr. Paul Abel to the program to discuss the BBC television show, The Sky At Night (www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mk7h).  During the first segment of our 1 hour 31 minute program, Dr. Abel introduced us to the Sky At Night show which was started by Sir Patrick Moore in April 1957.  Dr. Abel described the focus and objectives of the program and we talked about some of their projects including the “Battle of the Forces” tug of war video which is on their website, plus their just completed Summer Solstice program which was filmed at Stonehenge.  We came back to talking about Stonehenge, mythology, rituals, and customs many times throughout the discussion.  I asked Dr. Abel about British commercial space companies such as Surrey Satellite but since they are publicly funded, their focus and goals are different as they address mostly space and science topics.  Dr. Abel talked about the many British astronomical societies plus the overall interest in astronomy and these societies within the UK.  We talked some about human spaceflight, including the Mars One venture.  Listeners asked about astronomy and telescopes and we learned that our guest is not in favor of what he called “go to telescopes.”  Instead, he suggested we should learn how to map the night sky and navigate our way around it with an equatorial telescope.  Listeners also wanted to know about observing and dark skies in the UK.  I asked questions about the relationship of astronomy and theoretical physics.  Another listener asked for a definition of Hawking Radiation.  Comets came up along with their mythology, plus the Kepler Space Telescope and Voyager 1.

In our second segment, Ben asked about SETI in the UK.  This started a rather involved and fun discussion about ET and the search for life using radio telescopes as well as by other means.  Also mentioned in this segment was amateur astronomy as compared to professional astronomy, Star Trek & its devices such as the transporter.  Paul received questions about his home observatory and telescopes.  A possible Europa mission was mentioned and we were both excited about that potential.  I asked our guest about STEM issues in the UK & observing in London’s Regis Park.  Sine we had spent some time talking about the search for life and ET, we talked about some ET sci-fi movies including Contact, Alien, & Star Trek.  As we were about to end, Tim called wanting to ask more about Skylon, a possible UK launch site near the equator, and the emerging UK Space Agency.

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