Monday, January 7, 2008

News from the Fish Bowl

I only have time for a short post today because I got a new letter from Rocky (I'm so excited!) but anyway I hafta hurry so here goes:

GM may Develop a Car that Drives Itself

Once again, sci-fi ideas become reality. GM is working on developing cars that can drive themselves, as reported by John D. Stoll for the Wall Street Journal. No word on whether or not self-driving GM vehicles would be able to transform into giant robots.

The Wisdom (?) of Robert Heinlein

Columnist Becca Bacon Martin reflects on "life lessons" from Robert Heinlein, including:

Delusions are often functional. A mother's opinions about her children's beauty, intelligence, goodness, etc., ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth. [more...]

How pleasant.

Adam Roberts Has Written a Book on the History of Science Fiction

As reported in Fabula, Roberts's book The History of Science Fiction

...argues that, even today, this flourishing cultural idiom is shaped by the forces that determined its rise to prominence in the 1600s: the dialogue between Protestant and Catholic worldviews, the emerging technologies of the industrial age, and the cultural anxieties and excitements of a rapidly changing world. [more...]
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