Friday, July 25, 2008
'Whatever happened to my flying car?' and other questions about promised technologies are answered by Nick Sagan in the book, You Call This the Future? Nick is the son of the late astronomer Carl Sagan and our next guest, Linda Salzman-Sagan. She was the co-producer of the phonographic time capsule that was launched aboard the Voyager Spacecraft in 1977. The capsule has left the solar system and is drifting through space, waiting to be found by intelligent life forms. Salzman-Sagan talks about the sounds and images she selected to represent all of humanity.
Mom's recollections are a lot of fun, and if you're interested in how the Voyager team decided to represent our planet and civilization for potential extraterrestrials to discover, you should definitely check her out.
Two more interviews to report. First, Gary Reynolds of Concept Sci-fi asked me ten questions, which I very much enjoyed answering. You can catch that interview here. And I did a phone interview for BBC Focus Magazine that will be in their next issue. In the course of that one, I was asked who would win in a fight between Isaac Asimov and Isaac Newton. Hard one to answer. Does Asimov have robots at his disposal? Can he make them break the First Law of Robotics? Does Newton have complete mastery over the forces of gravity, or is he armed only with apples?