Author Archives: Paul Lagasse

Word of Honor – Part Two

In our previous episode, Chuck Banner is sent to the hardscrabble mining colony on Gallenesh to discover the whereabouts of a fellow space repairman, only to discover that his colleague has been arrested for murder — and under the arcane … Continue reading

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Word of Honor – Part One

For Space Repairman Chuck Banner, one of the best parts of his job was that he never knew where each day would take him. Perhaps he’d get a call from the Dispatcher sending him to the fountain mines of Calextria, … Continue reading

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The Great Moon Hoax of 1835

The recent news that the Mars rover Curiosity has discovered evidence of an ancient stream bed on Mars is very exciting, because it demonstrates that the now-arid planet used to be at least somewhat more like Earth. Reading the news, … Continue reading

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One Percent Inspiration

With our intrepid explorers safely embarked on their Mission to Mars, we here at Channel 37 would like to briefly interrupt our regularly scheduled program to bring you an episode of The Event Horizon. Enjoy! * * * The darkened … Continue reading

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Thanks to AIAA Houston, Man Will Conquer Space Soon — Again

As all true space buffs know, from 1952 to 1954 the weekly magazine Collier’s ran a series of feature articles over eight issues written by the luminaries of rocketry (including Wenher von Braun, Willy Ley, Fred Whipple, and others) and … Continue reading

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M2M Part 4 — “The Next Giant Leap”

In our previous installment, the crew of the Percival Lowell arrive at their new ship in preparation for their historic journey to Mars, only to find a most unexpected stowaway . . . * * * The crew gathered in … Continue reading

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“What Did Neil Armstrong Ever Do for Me?”

Following the death of Neil Armstrong, people flooded Twitter with tributes, accolades, and stories about the first man to walk on the Moon. Some of them took the opportunity to lament the current state of the space program. A handful … Continue reading

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Ansible, The Best Source for Science Fiction News

There’s no shortage of web-based resources for news and events in science fiction out there, covering movies, TV, podcasting, comics, and all the ancillaries like gaming and collectibles. I read a lot of them, or more accurately I try a … Continue reading

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M2M Part 3 — “A Fun Little Field Trip”

In our previous installment, Colonel Elizabeth Braden meets the crew of the Mars expedition for the first time as their new commanding officer when the crew is introduced to the media at a press conference. Although Major Marshall Endicott, the … Continue reading

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The Great Space Might-Have-Beens

NASA’s cargo shuttle of the 1980s. The first manned flyby mission to Venus in 1967. A one-way mission to the Moon in 1962. Using a Ranger spacecraft to survey the crash site of Apollo 11’s lunar lander. Rescuing astronauts stranded … Continue reading

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