Archive for the ‘Englisch’ Category

The lost Rachesommer with the Newts

Mittwoch, August 1st, 2012

I don’t review every book I read. So I did with “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown and “Rachesommer” (Summer of Venegance) by Andreas Gruber. The first one was so boring and tedious that I decided not to write something about it except these few words. There was no tension in it and the story was hackneyed. The second one was much more exciting and intriguing due to the story and the kind of Grubers writing style. While I required three weeks for the first book, I read the second book within five days. I determine that this is a measure for the quality of a book.

At the moment I’m reading the book “War with the Newts” (Der Krieg mit den Molchen) by Karel Èapek. The satirical novel – also classified as science fiction novel – published in 1936, deals with the exploration of an intelligent race of sea-dwelling newts in the pacific. I won’t review this book, because it’s written in an unusual style and uses old-fashioned language. Because this book belongs to science-fiction classics a review is unnecessary. It’s hard to read it, but I will finish it. I’m on the fence why this book belongs to the science fiction genre. Maybe this is classification rests upon the assumption that the exploration of a further intelligent race on earth is associated with fiction and fantasy.

Transpluto by Herbert W. Franke – A review

Donnerstag, Juli 26th, 2012

I recently read the German-speaking science-fiction novel ‘Transpluto’ by Herbert W. Franke. I took notice of the small book while doing research for my short story ‘Aufbruch ohne Wiederkehr’ (‘Take-off without return’) which participates in a story contest; the contests announcement is to deal with the topic ‘journeys beyond the planet Neptun / the planetoid Pluto’. This kind of space travel is called Transpluto or newly Transneptun (due to the fact that Pluto isn’t classified as planet yet). Back to the book: What initially looks like a space cruise becomes a hijacking of a rescue vessel which is set to a route in the direction to Alpha Centauri.


Commercial space-based business

Donnerstag, Juli 26th, 2012

One realistic objective for commercial usage of space is tourism. Technology is improved by several commercial companies; there’re likely to be regular trips to orbit executed by companies like Virgin Galactic in the near future. If the technology got more reliable and became cheaper, then it would be like being on a cruise. The more people book a space trip, the better the shipping company’s proposal will be. There’s another potential use of space.

In spring 2012 Planetary Resources a company founded by Peter Diamandis, Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, James Cameron and Charles Simonyi announced to engineer and develop technologies for asteroid mining. Their aim is to extract rare elements on asteroids and bring them to earth. While these rare elements are seldom on earth and pricy, asteroid mining becomes a costly but worthwhile project due to upraising demands on earth.

Would commonly occurring elements, like iron or brass, matter? No, it wouldn’t, because it’s cheaper to extract these elements on earth or to recycle scrap metal. If you want to use these metals for ventures in space, then it’s conversely cheaper to conduct space mining. Bringing commodities from earth to orbit is, except for expenses, also inefficient and pollutive.

If we suppose that there’ll be a mission to the planet Mars or to the moons of the planet Jupiter it’s better to extract resources and to produce materials for the mission in space. Additionally earth’s resources will be protected and can be used for mankind’s needs.

In summary, sophisticated ventures in space can be implemented only with a space-based industry. The key for touching the stars lies in the space – not on earth. For this reason, it doesn’t make sense to bring every resource found in space to earth.

Would you flew to space? Yes, I would!

Donnerstag, Juli 26th, 2012

Space tourism sounds intriguing to me. When I was asked if I would travel to space, I affirmed vigorously. But why is this? Well, I think I want to feel weightlessness, the acceleration and finally I want to see the space, the stars without hindering atmosphere and additionally earth’s curvature.

When you’re interested in technology and science-fiction, this ambition is inevitably and reasonable. But the question is, would I be satisfied, if I flew to space? Nowadays it’s merely possible to reach a near earth orbit. Your altitude then will be approximately 100 kilometres. Using Virgin Galactic’s VSS space ship system will bring you for three minutes to weightlessness before return to earth will begin. Three minutes in space isn’t a long time. Considering that this trip needs big money and special training, I would expect to have more fun.

Surely, the trip gets boring staying to long in orbit. Somewhere along the line you’ll have one’s fill. Reaching orbit is entirely an intermediate step due to a much bigger target. Touching down on moon or a planet in our solar system sounds really exciting to me.

To finalize my thoughts, this is an unrealistic ambition.

Future Writing Challenges

Mittwoch, Juli 18th, 2012

I always dreamed of being able to write a science fiction story. In the past I hadn’t found time until I started the project this year. For several weeks I’ve been working on four science-fiction short stories. One is finished and I sent it to a competition contest; the rest are still in progress.


Devastation through air warfare

Donnerstag, Mai 31st, 2012

Comments on H.G. Wells’ book ‘The War in the Air’

Recently I read the book ‘The War in the Air’ (German: ‘Der Luftkrieg’) by H.G. Wells, an English writer who lived between 1866 and 1946. Wells is said to be a pioneer in (modern) science fiction literature.

In Germany he is popular for his books ‘Time machine’ (German: ‘Die Zeitmaschine’) and ‘The War of the Worlds’ (German: ‘Der Krieg der Welten’). His other work isn’t so popular in Germany.


‚Don’t mix up Baden and Schwaben’

Donnerstag, Mai 24th, 2012

This advice may save your life

If you’re visiting Germany especially the south-western part, Baden-Wurttemberg, then you should know something about the people who live in the Land of Baden.


Nationalism and fire brigade are connected by the Turner

Mittwoch, April 4th, 2012

Talking about German nationalism and the origins of the German stat is to think about the Turner movement (Turner = gymnast). Additionally this is valid for the origins of the ‘Freiwillige Feuerwehr’.

The father of the Turner

The gymnast movement was part of the emerging idea of a German national state. It’s important to know that there was never one big German state in the past. At the beginning of the 19th century there were dozens or hundreds of German states. Most of them were very small. The revolution of 1789 in France spread ideas like liberty, equality and fraternity throughout Europe. Once seeded the ideas established themselves in peoples’ minds.

After Napoleon had defeated the German states, the people were unhappy to be ruled by him. Most people in ‘Germany’ assumed that there would be war against France, but they didn’t take measures to prepare, except for Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, called ‘Turnvater’ (gymnast father).