Alastair Reynolds: Red Planet Dreams

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When

Nov 18, 2017
from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Where

National Space Centre

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Alastair Reynolds will present a wide-ranging and accessible talk on Mars; both in our imaginations and in reality. Long before the space age, scientists and writers tried to imagine conditions on Mars, leading some to speculate that there might even be advanced civilisation present on our nearest neighbour in the solar system. As the twentieth century wore on, though, advances in astronomy and space travel slowly dismantled this dreamlike vision, leaving us with a starker, but no less fascinating reality. Now, once again, visionaries and space activists are beginning to talk about Martian exploration and even colonisation, perhaps within our lifetimes. As always, science fiction has played a game of leapfrog with science fact, sometimes being behind, sometimes ahead of speculation.

 

Alastair Reynolds

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