Friday 1 December 2023

UAP Aerogel Drones

Came across this video on YouTube researching science and technology called, Aerogel - The Secret Link. The title is all click-baity, but I checked it out, and apart from a few over-excited extrapolations I think they're basically right.

I've known about aerogel for a while. It's a proposed material for deep space particle protection along with Whipple Shields. I'm a science nerd, bite me.

Anyway, I followed the links: Light-induced levitation of ultralight carbon aerogels via temperature control, Layered shell vacuum balloons, which are just ways of making a vacuum airship/balloon, that uses the fact that a vacuum is lighter than air instead of a lighter-than-air gas.

Below is a screen capture from the second link.

The problem up to now is how to make a balloon that is light, yet strong enough to resist being crushed by the air pressure?

My position on the whole UFO/UAP hysteria is that these are secret projects. YMMV

Monday 13 November 2023

Are We Losing The Essence Of Science Fiction?

Sci-Fi Odyssey on YouTube asks Are We Losing The Essence Of Science Fiction? The answer is probably no, but I'm sharing to discuss.

A Rod Sterling quote sums up my position, "It is said that science fiction and fantasy are two different thing. Science fiction is the the improbable made possible, and fantasy is the the impossible made probable." 

So a lot of SF/Sci-Fi/speculative fiction meets that criteria. What we are then left with is taste.

My SF is better than your SF because mine has maths/literary merit/deals with serious issues etc. And here is where Sturgeon's Law comes into play, 90% of everything is trash. 

My perspective is that human beings are not capable of being rational about subjects (see Professor Sapolsky's lectures for the gribbly detail). To simplify, the ideal may be infinite diversity in infinite combination, but humans can't handle an infinite number of diverse combinations.

My conclusion led me to write my own SF books, and I can say that what I like to write is not necessarily what people like to read.

Saturday 21 October 2023

Fermi Paradox Discussed by Brian Cox

Brian Cox shares the most popular theories of why haven’t we found aliens? Sharing because it allows me to expand some salient points that are not mentioned, but need to be stated for clarity.


1. The speed of light sets the maximum rate any species can expand, and this, along with the inverse square law, would limit detection too.

2. The average distance between stars is approximately 6 light years. 

3. Space is very big. The volume of the milky way is approximately 785,398,163,397,448 light-years. That's 785 trillion light years.

So if you divide the average distance between stars into the volume, then we get 130 trillion years of travel time. Now that sets the maximum time it would take to visit every star, and of course we, or a hypothetical alien species, wouldn't  need to visit every star.

I've discussed this on my other blog where I bloviated on Aliens in BattleTech, and four years ago on this blog about the Fermi Paradox. If you click the latter, I gave a ball park figure of 31 billion years to colonize the galaxy at slower than light speed.

Obviously, the assumptions will generate a different range of guesses, but that's the best we can do.

Tuesday 19 September 2023

Clash of Steel Anthology

A hundred tons of steel and more firepower than the devil himself… they should be invincible, but armored combat is brutal and mistakes are fatal.

Within, mech jockeys and tread heads take on the world one powerful blast at a time, risking it all for duty, fame, and glory.

But deep down, they fear a savage contradiction:

Armor can be your salvation.

It can also be your worst nightmare.

Which will hold true? Climb into the commander’s hatch and find out. Buy a copy of this amazing anthology today. You deserve answers!

Amazon US

Amazon UK

I'm honoured to be in this anthology, along with some rather famous writers. My contribution is an 8000 word short story set in my Gate Walker universe called, Indian Summer Rain.

Thursday 31 August 2023

PteroDynamics X-P4 Transwing®


They call this a sizzle video.

For those wondering what I'm doing, a few of you do ask what I'm writing, I've been editing other people's work... mostly.

Mostly being broken on occasion by editing my Cosmic horror novel.

Slow and steady will get me to my goal.

Saturday 29 July 2023

Barbie: A Subversive Review


And, to answer Hans-Georg Moeller, I don't know or care what is authentic. If a product triggers joyful emotions by manipulating my emotions that evolved over millions of years, then I think that's clever of them.

Of course, since I know that the western industrial media complex seeks to sell me on stuff, then if I'm bothered I can choose to not engage.

The caveat being whether or not one has any real choice in a world where physics says everything is determined, even if the variables mean that one can't calculate the outcomes. So saying don't watch Barbie can lead to you watching it.

Yeah, studying physics and quantum mechanics does your head in.

You're welcome.

Monday 17 July 2023

What Do Scientists Think About UFOs/UAPs?

Worth watching for the statistical analysis of the numbers and what it means for the chances of any unidentified object seen in the sky.


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