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Greatest Sci-Fi Protagonists
The literary multiverse has no shortage of would-be “heroes,” to use the term quite loosely. And when it comes to the wild and wooly genre of science fiction, it is practically a given that every story will feature some form of hero, antihero, or hero by default. Indeed, due to the flexibility of the genre, they literally come in all shapes, sizes, color, and species. Some are born of intergalactic royal blood; Others are constructed in cold laboratories out of wires, circuits, and steel. We’re going to attempt to pin down a list of the most compelling, original, and impactful protagonists the sci-fi world has ever known! Some you’ll see coming a light year away; others, hopefully, not so much… for where’s the fun in reading a list of names you already know? Enjoy!
Best Conspiracy Theory Books
In the age of whistleblowers, your world can come crumbling down in a second, but as the saying goes "the truth will set you free." Wouldn't you want to know the truth? And do you fully trust government? Now is the time to throw out what you’ve learned in school regarding what the world is and how it works. There are forces in the world that seem beyond comprehension, but there is always something worth understanding in everything that seems unexplainable. And from that grain of the unexplainable, a conspiracy theory is born. The Oxford English Dictionary defines conspiracy theory as "the theory that an event or phenomenon occurs as a result of a conspiracy between interested parties; spec. a belief that some covert but influential agency (typically political in motivation and oppressive in intent) is responsible for an unexplained event." We’ve compiled a list of the best conspiracy theory books that provide you with a stripped-down, objective, eye-opening view on a variety of conspiracy theories. It is up to you to decide, based on logic and evidence, what the truth really is.
Genetically Engineering a Super Race
When Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World in 1932, he described a world state several centuries in the future where all human beings were reared from eggs in factories or incubators. Scientists could produce several classes of personality ranging from the highly intelligent, whose sole purpose was to enjoy life, to the feeble-minded who were suited only for manual labor. The novel was set in the distant future because the scientific knowledge needed to bring about this type of society was not available when Huxley wrote it.
What is a galaxy? It is the largest kind of star group or system in the universe. Our Sun is a member of such a star system, along with several hundred billion other stars. The name of our galaxy is the Milky Way.
Joanna checked the weather app on her watch. Tornadoes likely, flooding possible in the evening, and a chance of earthquakes at night. She grabbed a fluffy red scarf off the rungs in her closet and pulled the hat her dad bought her at the fair over her ears.
Art of 'OMNI' Magazine
On OMNI, Ben Bova said, "For me, OMNI was a dream come true: a big, slick, beautifully presented magazine dealing with the future." OMNI magazine is considered a jewel among the popular science magazines of its era. In the very first publication of its kind, The Mind's Eye: The Art of OMNI celebrates in stunning detail the exceptional science fiction imagery of the 1970s and 1980s. The Mind's Eye assembles 185 images from the era's most illustrious contributing artists, including John Berkey, Chris Moore, H.R. Giger, Rafal Olbinski, Ralle, Tsuneo Sanda, Hajime Sorayama, Robert McCall, and Colin Hay among many more, along with quotes from artist, contributors, writers, and critics. The Mind’s Eye celebrates the worlds of tomorrow, today.
Mysteries of the Maya
Imagine yourself the chief astronomer-priest of an ancient jungle empire. From your studies of records kept by astronomers for centuries before you, you are convinced that an eclipse of the Sun is likely to occur in three days' time. It is essential for you to inform the people of the empire of this event, so they will be prepared if the Sun begins to disappear.
Is the Government Hiding UFOs?
"You ever notice that UFO's never land at places like MIT or UCLA? They always land in some swamp in Arkansas where Billy Hot Dog and his cousin, Weenie, are out hunting. They're real good for reliable reports. It was big and round. Imagine if it landed in Times Square... taxi drivers would honk and scream out 'move that thing!' Bums would come and warm their hands by it and say 'This is nice!' " —Jay Leno
'This Island Earth'
The Zahgon fighter ships dive suicidally toward the planet Metaluna. Slicing through the thick cloud covering of the planet’s Ionization Layer, the delta-winged invaders magnetically carry a payload of deadly meteors in tow. The ships swoop in for the kill, sending the meteors hurtling down onto the war-ravaged planet’s surface. In a series of spectacular explosions, the space boulders sear into the Metalunan landscape. Eye-boggling displays of molten rock and incandescent smoke mushroom into the air, illuminating the surrounding area for miles around.
Best Philosophically Driven Sci-Fi Books
The liberty to set a story anywhere, in any time period, and in any of our infinite realities gives sci-fi an uncanny power to reshape, or at least cause us to re-examine, our perception of the world. These brilliant authors can take the bare bones of a story, flesh it out with compelling characters and unique settings, and weave a plot whose pattern delights readers; but then go further.
Bill Lear Interview
William Powell Lear was a notable rarity among inventors of the 60s and 70s: He turned his ideas into money. The classic inventor sold out in despair after years of unrewarding toil, then watched someone else make a fortune out of his invention. Bill Lear, by contrast, was worth between $30 and $50 million in his prime—and he started from scratch.
Lunar Eclipse Guide
Only two to four times a year, residents of Earth's western hemisphere will be treated to one of nature's greatest shows. On that night, the full Moon enters Earth's shadow, giving us a total eclipse of the Moon.