When Neil Armstrong and Edmund Hillary Took a Trip to the North Pole. Sir Edmund Hillary (second from left) with Neil Armstrong (far right) at the North Pole (via smh.com.au) It sounds like the plot of a comic book — Sir Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong at the North Pole — but in fact it was one of those spectacular crossroads of history.
In the lonely, desolate arctic, these two great explorers — who had never met before — got in a tiny bush plane and took off for the top of the Earth in 1985. Here's how it happened. One morning in the mid–1980s, professional expedition leader Mike Dunn decided he wanted to take the day’s greatest explorers to the North Pole. According to Sir Edmund Hillary's son Peter, himself an accomplished mountaineer who came on the trip, Dunn was a colorful character, the kind of man who didn’t mind ringing up people like first man on the moon Neil Armstrong and saying, “How about this?” Great Unsung Science Fiction Authors That Everybody Should Read. Saying that Clifford Simak's writings sometimes have a "1950 pulpy feel" is both true and misleading, at least for those who think the pulps were Mickey Spillane by way of Quentin Tarantino.
Simak's characters tended to be both thinking and feeling people — rare in most pulp writings — and violence, while it was used, was rarely a first choice, and was usually committed with reluctance that a better solution hadn't been found. In a word, his characters do tend toward being gentle people, men and women who'd enjoying sitting on the steps, watching the stars come out, in the company of their dog and their favorite robot. Get high on sci-fi: 10 short story collections that will blow your mind. We’re huge short story fans around this way, but while we definitely foster great big loves for the likes of Alice Munro and V.S.
Pritchett, we also very much dig the science-fiction greats. We reckon newcomers to the sci-fi field might get the impression it’s dominated by novels or series of novels, but that’s not really the case: excellent science-fiction short stories abound. What’s in that image? Masterpieces like you’ve never seen them before.
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Allow me to begin by allaying one of your worries. I will not spend the next half hour thanking you for participating in this conference or for your taking time away from work to travel to Cambridge. A Point of View: Chess and 18th Century artificial intelligence. 22 March 2013Last updated at 13:36 ET An 18th Century automaton that could beat human chess opponents seemingly marked the arrival of artificial intelligence.
Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction. Image by Lloyd Arnold via Wikimedia Commons Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and write.
His best stories are masterpieces of the modern era, and his prose style is one of the most influential of the 20th century. Hemingway never wrote a treatise on the art of writing fiction. He did, however, leave behind a great many passages in letters, articles and books with opinions and advice on writing. Svetlana Boym: Freedom and the Arts of Dissent.
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