Who dares to love forever?

Ray Kurzweil is a nutter who probably drinks his own urine, but in a recent interview with Computerworld he talks about the possibility of human immortality in 30 to 40 years. Health- and youth-maintaining nanobots in the blood, the ability to upload total human personality and memory functionality to a non-biological substrate – the stuff of science fiction is getting closer, faster.

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I’ve Got To Break Free

(Guest post by Nick Withers.)

September 13, in little over a month, is affectionately known by some cult sci-fi geeks as “Breakaway Day”. Its the anniversary of the date (in 1999) when the moon broke from orbit and took the crew of Moonbase Alpha on two seasons of kitsche 1970s science fiction action adventures. Space 1999 was Gerry Anderson, a man more known for his wood work. It was cancelled in 1977 after two seasons with no conclusion to the story. However in 1999 fans produced the above mini-episode starring series regular Zienia Mertion from a script by Space 1999 script writer Johnny Byrne. Message from Moonbase Alpha (edited version above) is wonderful little coda to the series, and something most cancelled sci-fi shows just dont get.

It should be noted, however, that travelling by moon is not particularly safe.

Massively Multigeek Online Reproduction

One of the best ideas I’ve heard in a while – and I’m subscribed to Idea-A-Day – is Star Wars Uncut. This is a massive collaboration of volunteers on the internet each providing their own take on a different 15-second slot of the original Star Wars: A New Hope. 48 clips have been completed at this stage, and there are plenty of slots up for grabs. The ones I’ve seen range from animation (above) to some kids and their cat.

Once complete, the whole thing will be strung together for a complete and bizarrely awesome reproduction of A New Hope. God, that’s cool.