I’ve seen #5 in several movies, and I believe the TV series MacGyver. The last one (#1) I could easily see turning up in a thriller, or maybe on a distant planet.
Sometimes you can get interesting details that can be used in stories–or are just plain interesting. This video talks about the impact of zero gravity on the sense of smell.
No matter how far away from home, Thanksgiving brings everyone together. Check out what the astronauts in the space station are having for the holiday.
Much of my childhood was spent watching monster movies. That was in the days when the TV stations aired everything, including anything in black and white. Within about ten years of that, all the black and white films and shows starting disappearing. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea had one season in black and white and three in color, and suddenly it was hard to find the first season. And the movies that I watched every Saturday that came from the 1950s and 1960s started disappearing. Even the color movies have largely disappeared now.
There were many films about the fears of what atomic power would do or our push into scientific fields. Them! had giant ants roaming the sewer systems of Los Angeles (with James Arness of Gunsmoke). The Creature From the Black Lagoon had an underwater creature stalking people (Ricou Browning did the underwater stunts without diving gear). The Fly, which starred David Hedison (though he was then using his first name, Al), had a scientist experimenting with transporter technology and ending up part man, part fly.
A few really scared me. There was one involving rats in a basket being put over someone’s head (no clue what the title is). In another, shockingly for the time, a man’s arm got torn off on camera (I believe that was The Brain That Wouldn’t Die).
And then there was Godzilla, and all the monster movies that came with it like Rodan and Monster Island. I think I saw the original only once or twice. It had a very different tone, more suited for the fears of science gone wild, so the local channels may have passed on it in favor of the other movies. Those were just plain monster-destroys-Tokoyo, and Godzilla even became a good monster with children
In 1977, NASA named the first space shuttle after the starship Enterprise of Star Trek. Now Godzilla has a constellation named after him.
And if you’ve never seen this, Bambi Meets Godzilla. It’s an early fan produced film that I saw at a con in the 1970s.
Thirty-six years ago this week, the first space shuttle came out. It originally had a different name, Constitution. But Star Trek’s popularity was starting to snowball at that point. Just a few years later, we would have Star Wars out in theaters to long lines, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (which I wish they had done better).
Fans did a letter writing campaign, and NASA changed the name to Enterprise. The Star Trek cast came out for the roll-out ceremony. Nichelle Nichols went on to recruit women and minorities for NASA.
The space shuttle itself would take off like a rocket and land like an airplane. Needed a huge landing runway, though.
It was really a hopeful time with the launch of the Enterprise. We thought we were going to go out into space like Star Trek.
Then NASA retired the shuttle program, and it felt like they said, “We give up.”
Yes, we still have the space stations, and the rover is on Mars. But part of who we are is getting out and exploring. Man has always done that, from venturing out of the village to see what else was beyond, to traveling the seas to see where they went.
We need the hope back.
I’ve been to sci-fi cons for years, but now I’m a guest! I’m going to be one of those writers on the panels.
The con is called Chessiecon and is in November.
The boys in Thailand are starting to come out of the underwater cave. I remember watching the adventures of Sea Hunt with Mike Nelson, and this is nothing like it. But it’s riveting to see how the rescuers are working it out.
The rescuers have decided to scuba dive the boys out. The boys have no experience whatsoever with diving, and the cave is so dangerous experienced divers are having problems. But they came up with an interesting idea using tethers to bring out the boys. Click on this link and look for the fourth image down to see what the rescuers are doing.