More Science Fiction tech becomes a reality

I’ve been reading and watching science fiction since I was able to read. Since that time, some (mumble…mumble) years ago, I’ve seen SF tech come to life.

I was in the Air Force when I watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin make those first historic human steps on the surface of the moon.  Years later I watched a telecast from a robot showing the surface of Mars. Over the decades, I’ve seen photos of the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn.  In addition, some well respected scientists now believe that Star Trek’s warp drive may be possible.

But there is one bit of technology that has evaded us.  A recurring tech over the decades has been 3D-TV or as it has occasionally been known—Holo-TV.  It even appears on the TV show Bones to recreate faces from a skull.  

Thee-D movies have been around since the 1950s and have had a resurgence in the last decade.  So called three-D TVs have been marketed for a year or so. But all of these implementations have a fatal flaw. They all required special glasses to fool the eye into seeing the appearance of three dimensional scenes.

No more.

Toshiba is about to launch a true 3D-TV that does not require special glasses. You can see true 3D from any angle without any other assistance than human eyes.  The Holo-TV has arrived.   

Aug 24 03:49 AM US/Eastern
Japanese electronics giant Toshiba plans to market the world’s first 3D television that does not need special glasses later this year, a report said on Tuesday.
Toshiba will unveil three models of the television, which will cost several thousand dollars, before Christmas, the Yomiuri Shimbun said.
The company has developed a new system that emits a number of rays of light with various angles from the screen so that viewers can see stereoscopic images without glasses, the daily said. 
“People can enjoy images in three dimensions from various positions and suffer less stress,” it said. 

Japan’s major electronics makers launched 3D television this year, but sales have not been as strong as expected while many customers have complained of being irritated by the glasses.

Yes, the SF Jubilee has arrived. I wonder if I can afford it?          

Ben Bova says…

I’ve been a Science Fiction fan since I was in grade school. I don’t remember what was the first SF story I read. It was most likely one of the Heinlein juveniles.

Ben Bova is a SF writer and past editor of Analog Magazine. He has earned his writing credentials. What I didn’t know until recently is that he’s also a strong Second Amendment advocate and he wrote a column for the Naples, FL Daily News.

Here’s a portion of that column. I invite you to go here and read the entire article.

From the Naples Daily News, July 24, 2010.

Ben Bova: It’s about the Bill of Rights and bearing arms

I saw how easy it is to throw away those rights when I took part in a think-tank experiment several years ago.
The proposition before us was that we were given a brand-new, fully functional space habitat capable of housing 10,000 people. Our task was to draw up a set of laws that those people would have to live under.
The men and women participating in this thought experiment were well-educated American citizens. I assumed that they would use the U.S. Constitution as a starting point in constructing the habitat’s government. I was naive.
I was stunned by how quickly the Bill of Rights disappeared from the participants’ discussion. Their attitude was that the inhabitants of the colony had better obey the laws and do the jobs they were assigned to do. If they didn’t — toss ’em out into space.
They coined a new phrase: “airlock justice.” Freedom of speech, due process of law, all the rights that we take for granted were tossed out the airlock in favor of iron-handed control of the population.

That’s what could happen if we didn’t have the protections of the Bill of Rights. That’s why the Supreme Court’s decision was right.

Bova also recounts a panel discussion consisting of him, British SF writer John Brunner and others. It’s a hoot!

Ben Bova says…

I’ve been a Science Fiction fan since I was in grade school. I don’t remember what was the first SF story I read. It was most likely one of the Heinlein juveniles.

Ben Bova is a SF writer and past editor of Analog Magazine. He has earned his writing credentials. What I didn’t know until recently is that he’s also a strong Second Amendment advocate and he wrote a column for the Naples, FL Daily News.

Here’s a portion of that column. I invite you to go here and read the entire article.

From the Naples Daily News, July 24, 2010.

Ben Bova: It’s about the Bill of Rights and bearing arms

I saw how easy it is to throw away those rights when I took part in a think-tank experiment several years ago.
The proposition before us was that we were given a brand-new, fully functional space habitat capable of housing 10,000 people. Our task was to draw up a set of laws that those people would have to live under.
The men and women participating in this thought experiment were well-educated American citizens. I assumed that they would use the U.S. Constitution as a starting point in constructing the habitat’s government. I was naive.
I was stunned by how quickly the Bill of Rights disappeared from the participants’ discussion. Their attitude was that the inhabitants of the colony had better obey the laws and do the jobs they were assigned to do. If they didn’t — toss ’em out into space.
They coined a new phrase: “airlock justice.” Freedom of speech, due process of law, all the rights that we take for granted were tossed out the airlock in favor of iron-handed control of the population.

That’s what could happen if we didn’t have the protections of the Bill of Rights. That’s why the Supreme Court’s decision was right.

Bova also recounts a panel discussion consisting of him, British SF writer John Brunner and others. It’s a hoot!

Previews of "The Amazon Legion" by Tom Kratman

Tom Kratman is a well known science fiction writer. He’s published a number of books via Baen Books such as A State of Disobedience, A Desert Called Peace, Carnifex, The Lotus Eaters (to be released in April 2010.) The last three listed are a series about Terra Nova with issues that parallel those globally today.

The fourth installment in the Terra Nova series, The Amazon Legion, is being edited but no publication date is available at this time. All of these books are available in electronic form from Baen except for The Amazon Legion. That will happen at some point. Tom has promised to release more snippets of the Amazons book if there is sufficient publicity to draw more interest. A link to the current snippets is third down on the side-bar to the right.

Here’s for you, Tom…

From: tkratman
Subject: [Baen KratSkeller] The Biggest Fracking Snippet you have ever seen in your life; The Amazon Legion
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010 16:08:16 -0500

Here’s the deal, Sparky. Yes, there will be an eARC, and quite soon, too. BUT, Toni wants this given widest possible internet dissemination. So if you own a blog, or website, or know someone who does, get it posted there, too, or get them to post it. If I find a very large number of such – and, yes, of-fracking-_course_, I will look – I’ll put up another 3-4 chapters. If not, not.

Update: March 27, 2011. The Amazon Legion has been released and is available at the bookstores and at Baen.Com. I’ve removed the link to the snippets. The full book is now available for purchase.