For decades on both the “Star Trek” television series and movie franchise, Nimoy played the character of Mr. Spock, a Vulcan, or half-alien who operated under a rigid adherence to logic that guided the crew of Starship Enterprise through the galaxy. It was a role that Trekkies, or devout “Star Trek” fans, came to adore. Continue reading
The resemblance is uncanny, but no, these aren’t Starfleet logos emblazoned on planet Vulcan. Perhaps fittingly, though, this nasa Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter image shows a section of an active dune field on Mars. Strong winds blowing in a single direction resulted in massive piles of basaltic sand about 200 meters wide and 20 meters tall that formed crescent-shaped “barchan dunes.” Continue reading
Ray Bradbury, author of classic books such as “Fahrenheit 451″ and “The Martian Chronicles,” died Tuesday night at the age of 91. Jeffrey Brown and bestselling novelist Lev Grossman, who is also a book critic for Time magazine, discuss Bradbury’s life, work and literary legacy. Continue reading
On Saturday, a new era begins for the BBC’s beloved science-fiction series, “Doctor Who,” the quirky and mysterious hero who time travels in a spaceship disguised as a blue police box, exploring strange worlds and occasionally saving the universe.
Cindi Mayweather is a cyborg who is wanted for falling in love with a human, and the alter ego of Janelle Monae, a rhythm and blues singer whose 2007 album “Metropolis Suite I of IV: The Chase” boasts clever orchestrations, dynamic vocal stylings, and a political message that transcends the world of a made-up “Metropolis” by finding parallels in ours.
British author Doris Lessing was named winner of the Nobel Prize for literature on Thursday. A George Washington University literature professor discusses Lessing’s contributions to her craft. Continue reading