Kepler Observatory Seeks More Earths and Other Beings – NYTimes.com

I like the way that Dennis Overbye qualifies the work done by the Kepler planet searching satellite:

These are science-fiction times. Kepler is only the first step in a process that experts agree will take decades. Both NASA and the European Space Agency have laid plans for a multidecade quest — employing ever more sophisticated and expensive spacecraft — for planets and life beyond Earth. (Overbye par. 6)

I believe that we can call all times “science-fiction times,” because the cutting edge of science and technology is estranging to the lay person in the here-and-now.

On a personal note, I hope that the science fictional search for other planets encourages a real human space faring developments. I tend to agree with Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking who advocated for colonization of other planets in order to safeguard the longterm survival of humanity.

via Kepler Observatory Seeks More Earths and Other Beings – NYTimes.com.

I am a professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on 20th/21st-century American culture, science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology.

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Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on DynamicSubspace.net. Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

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