Dr. Andy Aldrin joins Tau Zero Foundation team as Chief Strategist

February 12, 2017

The Tau Zero Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to developing the capability for interstellar robotic exploration and human travel, has selected Dr. Andrew Aldrin as chief business strategist on our board of directors. In this role he will provide pragmatic objectivity, and insight while advocating for the nonprofit’s mission. “The frequency of the discovery of […]

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Seasonal Break

December 22, 2016

The other day on the hugely enjoyable Galactic Journey site, I ran into an interesting historical tidbit. Here, from the 1753 Cyclopædia: or, An Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences by Ephraim Chambers is a definition of the word ‘interstellar.’ And with a modernized presentation: “Interstellar, is a word used by some authors to express […]

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Working in the Dark

October 11, 2016

Hurricane Matthew’s effects continue to be felt in the form of flooding, power outages and downed trees. I’m now told not to expect power for 4-6 days. The situation obviously impacts my ability to post here. I’ll try to keep up with comment moderation when possible. Will get things back to normal whenever the lights […]

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Time Out

September 26, 2016

No Centauri Dreams posts this week — I’ll be back next Monday. I’ve been running hard and it’s time for a break. I’ll keep up with comment moderation as best I can, though I’m going to be trying to catch up with many long overdue commitments outside the interstellar field in coming days. As always, […]

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Breakthrough Starshot Meetings

August 23, 2016

I’m at the Breakthrough Starshot meetings in San Francisco, with a full schedule indeed. As I did last time in Palo Alto, I won’t try to post daily because there just won’t be time, and in any case, I will need to go over my notes and consolidate my impressions. Even so, I plan to […]

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Administrivia: Disrupted Schedule, Server Upgrade

March 1, 2016

My plan to attend the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop this week fell through when I became ill two days before departure date. Talk about bad timing. TVIW is a wonderful conference, and not only was my son Miles flying in for the event, but I had planned many good conversations with friends in the interstellar […]

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No Posts Until 26 October

October 19, 2015

As mentioned in Friday’s post, I’m taking a week off. The next regular Centauri Dreams post will be on Monday the 26th. In the interim, I’ll check in daily for comment moderation. When I get back, we’ll be starting off with a closer at Jason Wright’s recent paper out of the Glimpsing Heat from Alien […]

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Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop

November 10, 2014

I’m at the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop in Oak Ridge for the next few days. As I’ve done at past conferences, I’ll need to spend my time taking the notes that will be turned into next week’s entries here. That means no further posts until Friday, though I’ll try to keep the comment moderation going, […]

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The Morning the Earth Stood Still

September 22, 2014

A long time ago in what now seems like a different lifetime, a colleague told me that the best parts of any conference were the accidental encounters in the hallways where you ran into old friends or people whose work you knew about but hadn’t yet met. That was back when I was going to […]

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Time Out

May 12, 2014

Over the past months, enough projects have piled up in need of attention that I finally have to decide to get serious about them. That means a short break here. No Centauri Dreams posts this week, therefore, with publication resuming next week on Monday or Tuesday. While I’m putting various things — some space-related, some […]

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