More Red Rain Droplets

I have looked at the blog and I may have time later to respond more fully. For now I have only this comment: I too noticed the similarity with red blood cells, but the red-rain particles are smaller, IIRC. Thanks.
(Naturally, I think my own URL is relevant.)
Best regards.

Brig Ryce with the Astobiology Research Trust throws in his two cents on the Red Rain mystery. He also maintains an
excellent site on all things panspermia which also includes a robust what's new blog. If you want round the clock Panspermia coverage Brig's your man.

A Taste of things to come...

Google now has a Mars map available in Elevation, Visible and Infrared flavours...very sexy, and just think how it'll look in a couple of years once the hi-res data from the Mars Recconaisance Orbiter starts to come in. I'm off to start planning the route for my Olympus Mons expedition...

Brain Flash

We pick Paul Di Filippo's brain


MT: Scientists are now running atom by atom simulations of ribosomes. You coined the term Ribofunk, do you think the Rifopunk era is at hand?


PDF: I do indeed continue to believe, some twenty years onward, that the ribofunk era is almost upon us. New lab techniques and insights are dovetailing with two forces to usher in the era. First, the natural world continues to be a Darwinian killer--witness avian flu--and we need to use all out new tools to fight back. Second, humanity is being educated in the notion that cellular destiny is mutable. We no longer accept such eternal verities as aging as a necessary part of our future, and seek to improve on the not-so-intelligent design we've inherited.


MT: Do you think the internet is reviving the market for short science fiction?

PDF: I actually think desktop publishing--even if it's not so cutting edge anymore--is keeping the short story alive. There are at least a dozen hardcopy smallpress zines that are publishing good work, while I suspect there are only probably three or four or five top-notch online sites. But these virtual markets are certainly important and ground-breaking, and sidestep crucial distribution problems.

MT: What are you working on now?

PDF: I've started a new novel titled UP AROUND THE BEND, which is a surreal apocalyptic pastorale, if such a hybrid term makes any sense.

MT: What's the strangest thing you believe to be true?

PDF: Dogs love us, despite our appalling behavior.

Mars orbiter doesn't crash!

Well done to the boys and gals at Nasa whose latest probe the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter achieved orbit at 2124 GMT. Able to pick out objects on the surface the size of a dinner table, in about six months the MRO should start beaming back high resolution images and other data. Thank god they got it right this time considering the 1999 Mars climate orbiter smacked straight into the ground after a mix up over whether they were using metric or imperial measurements when sending course corrections and the Mars polar lander fell silent as it attempted to land in the same year.

However before I get my hopes up too much the orbiter still has to go through over 500 aerobraking manouevers before it can start its' work. Six months of gut wrenching tension for the poor buggers at the JPL me thinks.