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Aug 16

Space Wars and Cloaking Devices

Category: Science,scifi

What I like about science fiction is that in it, a future is imagined, and sometimes not too terribly long after, a version of that future comes into being.  That’s how it was with Jules Verne and his 80 Days Around The World, with Stanley Kubrick’s moonwalk and space station in 2001:A Space Odyssey, and many of the gadgets and gizmos on Star Trek.  Even the prognostications in Max Headroom are probably only 20 minutes away from happening.

Only a few short years after ‘Scapers were beguiled with tales from The Peacekeeper Wars, in which two vast superpowers engaged in a space war of mutual destruction, both the US and China experimented with shooting down satellites.  What is been less obvious, especially for those of us preoccupied with earthly affairs, is that this is only a tip of the iceberg of what the US (and, it is supposed, China, too) have been up to in the way of space weapons development.  The Atlantic Monthly has a rather alarmist article about these unseen developments.

Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, scientists seem to be one step closer to creating an invisibility cloak.

In the immortal words of Samuel Morse, “what hath God wroth?”

PS:

Evidently, I’m not the first one to think about scifi and inventions.  Take a look.

HAHAHAHA!  This just cracks me up (from the article):

“The problem, both with a ray gun and the light saber, the problem is a portable power pack. We see pictures of lasers blasting through objects, and we can do that now. But you have a nuclear power plant behind that laser. It’s impractical to go into a firefight with the Klingons with a hand-held ray gun, with a nuclear power plant behind you.”

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