Walkabout the Galaxy
microwave-plasma-grapes, cosmic rays, science in science fiction, SpaceShipTwo, Hayabusa-s
Astrophysics and Astronomy | Physics
Science Fiction great Joe Haldeman ("The Forever War", "Marsbound", "The Hemingway Hoax", "Worlds") joins the astroquarks for a wide-ranging discussion from microwave-plasma-grapes to cosmic rays, science in science fiction, and the latest space news including SpaceShipTwo returning to space and Hayabusa-2 touching an asteroid.
Not just an oxymoron, suspended animation is the thing that lets science fiction characters get from space-time point A to space-time point B, where B=A plus many, many years and frequently many, many light-years. Put your Ambien, Lunesta, and Tylenol P.M. back in the cabinet, and instead put yourself in a cabinet, specifically a glass-topped coffin-like chamber, for a few years or decades, or even more. Just make sure there are no alien eggs inside with you and no psychopathic artificial intelligences running your ship, and sweet dreams. Suspended animation: when it absolutely positively has to happen overnight.
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Length of Episode
Colwell, Joshua; Dove, Adrienne; and Cooney, James, "The One with Joe Haldeman" (2019). Walkabout the Galaxy Podcast. 73.