And we’re back! Fresh off of their appearance at BayCon 2013: Triskadekaphobicon, Eric, Bryan and guest Kevin Sutorius delve into the history of science fiction, and key figures/works that pushed the genre forward.
This week, The Nerds discuss films that claim to be “Based on True Events” and how true they really are. Then, we get to listener feedback including reading aloud our fans’ prizes from participating in social media contests.
So what’s big, rocky, round and sits between Mars and Jupiter? If you’re scratching your head right now, don’t worry. Your 7th grade science teacher didn’t teach you about it because it wasn’t deemed worthy, but there is something out there.
On January 1, 1801, the Mathematician, Astronomer, and Catholic priest of the Theatine order, Father Giuseppe Piazzi, made a startling discovery. An object first thought to be a star (one of 7,646 that he cataloged in his career) was observed moving against a field of its fixed cosmic kin. To verify his findings Piazzi spent 3 more days making observations. What had he found? Well according to him it must have been a comet – a large ball of dust and ice, traveling through the solar system like a cosmic drifter. Only that’s what he felt comfortable telling the public. His instincts told a different story, as we can tell from a letter sent to his friend, Barnaba Oriani:
For the past few years, I have been a devoted follower of your interspace and time travelogues. Your passion for exploration and adventure, your strong sense of responsibility, and your personal moral struggles have been most inspiring to me, among many others on this planet (go to any fan convention and you’ll see what I mean).
July 4th isn’ the only important day in July full of important events. This episode, Eric, Bryan, and guest David McGuire go over this week in U.S. History. Enjoy!