Next Generation of Space Exploration – Orion Prepares For The Moon And Mars

March 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

So they are retiring the space shuttles. Ever wonder what was next? I sure have. According to NASA there are no plans to slow down in our attempts to better understand our cosmic neighborhood. NASA’s next targets are a return to the moon and a manned space flight to Mars. They have been developing and testing the next genration of space vehicles to be used for just such a purpose, the Orion class space capsules.

While these capsules hearken back to the Apollo capsules of yesteryear with their shape and water based “splashdown” landings, they are certainly a far more sophisticated piece of machinery than those rocket powered trash cans could have ever dreamed of being. Please enjoy this video, rebroadcast here with kind permission from the folks at Space.com.

 

Space.com video of our next great adventure.

by Revmacd
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Updates from Sue Rostoni

March 22, 2011 at 9:50 am | Posted in Books, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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Yesterday Sue Rostini confirmed on the starwars.com forums that the last three books in the Fate of the Jedi series will have a darker color scheme on the front and back covers. This is in response to the release from Random House that stated the following…

“NEW PACKAGING: While we’re keeping the look of the nine-book series consistent, we’re giving the last three books (starting with Conviction, Summer 2011) a distinctive look to set these final novels apart as a climactic mini-trilogy for readers.”

This had some people guessing on what the change might be, however, our readers already knew this. In our exclusive interview with Fate of the Jedi cover artist Ian Keltie, Mr. Keltie revealed:

“LucasFilms wanted the final three (novels) to stay in the style but look different from the previous six. The black background helps the darker feel. I think these final three (Conviction, Ascension, and Apocalypse) are more what the Star Wars fans are used to rather than the earlier books.”

In case you missed it, you can read the full interview here.

Sue also responded to another question on the forums that might interest readers.When asked about Daala being overthrown and whether this would happen in Conviction or in between books, Sue stated the following…

“Yes, it happens within the pages of one of the books. I can’t think of which one — they all run together for me.”

Since the blurb for Conviction states that Daala has been overthrown, this would mean that Daala’s ousting from office will happen somewhere in the book.

Feel free to discuss these issues and others in the forums.

Posted By: Skuldren

Paul Kemp Interview

March 22, 2011 at 9:34 am | Posted in Books, Interview | Leave a comment
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On the heals of the Deceived release, Lightsaber Rattling has scored an interview with author Paul Kemp.  Many thanks to LR for sharing the interview with Roqoo Depot.

Posted by Synlah

New Releases

March 22, 2011 at 7:11 am | Posted in Books, Video Games | Leave a comment
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Today there are two big releases: Lego Star Wars III, and Star Wars The Old Republic: Deceived.

Lego Star Wars III is available on multiple platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360, and for PC. Keep your eyes open as we will have review of the game available soon.

Star Wars The Old Republic Deceived, written by author Paul S. Kemp (Crosscurrent), already has a review up and posted, so be sure to check it out.

Posted By: Skuldren

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived Review

March 22, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Reviews | 4 Comments

With the upcoming release of The Old Republic today sees the release of the second novel from this era.  Deceived follows the path of Darth Malgus, the hero from the Deceived trailer.  After the break read my review of Paul S. Kemp’s second foray into a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

Continue Reading Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived Review…

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