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SF Tidbits for 7/12/08

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

2 Comments on SF Tidbits for 7/12/08

  1. Jim Shannon // July 12, 2008 at 2:53 am //

    “Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. told SCI FI Wire that fantastic space science fiction shows and movies are, in part, responsible for the lack of interest in real-life space exploration among young people.”

    Here in Canada recently the call went out to invite thousands of would be astronauts to our space program. The catch is that only 2 would be selected. Two out of tens of thousands with little or no chance they’d even make the cut. With odds like that no wonder there’s little interest in the space prgram. You’d have a better chance of winning the lottery.

  2. Agreed, Jim.

    In a way, Mr. Aldrin’s right. The TV shows make it look exciting! You go places and do things and explore and have adventures!

    As opposed to, er, watching NASA which mostly wonders about maybe getting to the launch pad today, to do something obscure.

    Put some people on the moon. On Mars. Do something. See the interest reinvigorate. Otherwise, it’s like complaining that kids don’t want to be deep sea marine biologists.

    (Which I do, I really do, actually)

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