Packing for Mars – Book Review

In science fiction trips to the stars often seem to be almost routine. The problems that make real space flight so difficult are ignored. I don’t mean nitpicking points like the apparent impossibility of travelling that fast. I’m talking about the real problems. Being stuck in cramped conditions with a handful of people or having to live on pouches of mashed up food. How do you wash when water floats away in balls? And of course there is every schoolchild’s favourite question for astronauts. How do they go to the toilet in zero gravity? In Packing for Mars Mary Roach investigates these problems and a host of others connected with the basic fact that human beings are totally unsuited to life in space. (Read more…)

The Rum Diary – the movie!

You may or may not know of Monsta’s love for all things HST (AKA Hunter Stockton Thompson).

For a while, we even had a wee section of the archives dedicated to himself.

Thankfully, we’ve managed to get a copy of the review we completed of his landmark Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas into the new site (i.e. what you’re looking at right now).

Unfortunately, we haven’t got off our slovenly behinds and completed some more, specially since Mr Depp will be the HST on the big screen once again, as part of The Rum Diary.

Mr Rory thankfully does a bang-up job in our place. See here: Continue reading