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A Gathering of Cynics June 2, 2008

Posted by shubber in Manned Space, NASA, public service announcement, smack talk, space, space tourism.

At this weekend’s ISDC in Washington DC, we had a rare alignment of travel schedules, not unlike the grand alignment of the outer gas giants (spare us the obvious jokes, folks!).  Taking advantage of this opportunity, the three of us (David, Tom, and myself) and our honorary cynic, Reda (known to many as the first ticket holder for Rocketplane..) sat around the mike and recorded a Cynic’s take on what we saw and heard at the event.  We even talked a bit about the ISDC panel I was part of that discussed the business case for Space Solar Power (hint: it doesn’t).  The gloves are off on this one, folks.

The Space Show will air the broadcast on Sunday, June 8, and have it available as a podcast to download.

There’s an hour of your life you’ll never get back…. But hey, if we can make Reda a Cynic, there’s hope for you, too.



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3. oldspacecadet - June 3, 2008

To my fellow Cynics (certified or honorary) — Sorry I missed the fun. Instead, the Oldspacecadet brooded in solo fashion about the Church of Space and sang a hosanna praising Elon Musk. Rather than calling the Cynics meet a “gathering,” I suggest you name it after the term for a gathering of crows.

4. Mishalak - June 4, 2008

Mike Brotherton (SF Writer) is having a poll about if it is worthwhile to build a permanent moon base on his site. http://www.mikebrotherton.com/?p=622 His justification is the old “lets mine the moon” with a side of “not having our eggs in one basket”. Just thought you might like to know.

5. shubber - June 4, 2008

Mike Brotherton (SF Writer) is having a poll about if it is worthwhile to build a permanent moon base on his site.

Interesting – I wonder if he’d consider having a poll about the value of engaging in diplomatic discussions with the Klingons, since he’s operating in the area of hard science fiction…

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