Revolutionary Consensus, Interpretation Rivalries

posted by Buck Field on June 2, 2015

There’s a lot of variation depending on how the question is asked, but physicists overwhelmingly agree fundamental changes to our best theories are coming. The descriptions used are often vague and the terms vary, sometimes they call it “a revolution”, sometimes creation of “a deeper theory” into which current theories “will be incorporated”, “a transformation” […]

FTL Research, Philosophy, and Starship Congress 2015

posted by Buck Field on April 9, 2015


Stephen Hawking, speaking at Google’s Zeitgeist Conference in the UK said: “Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. Particularly physics.” There’s a lot of criticism like that from the top of the physics community, claims that philosophy doesn’t collect experimental data, that it’s useless to the working physicist, and so on.” While […]

Collaboration May Be Our First Step Toward the Stars.

posted by Jessica Riley on March 18, 2014

   Last week Icarus Interstellar announced that Les Johnson is stepping into a new position at Icarus as Chief Solar Sail Consultant. This new role presents opportunities for more communication and collaboration between Icarus, NASA, and the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop, which Les is the Chair of. Les brings with him a wealth of experience […]

Long Now “Manual for Civilization” project begins with Icarii Heath Rezabek as Intern

posted by Heath Rezabek on February 7, 2014

Icarii Heath Rezabek (FarMaker Interstellar Speed Sketch Contest; Starship Congress 2013 Outreach & Collaborations Coordinator) shares with us an update on a project with the Long Now Foundation, based in San Francisco, CA. The Manual for Civilization is a core collection of materials (3,500 volumes initially) meant to reflect a cross-section of the interests of […]

Copernicus and the Warp Drive

posted by Buck Field on September 5, 2013

Science historian James Burke points out two reasons why, in order to predict the future, we must look to the past. The first is that because the future hasn’t happened yet, the past is the only place we can look and the second is that the future is simply the present, with extra bits attached. […]

Going Interstellar

posted by admin on June 5, 2012

  We have always been a race of lawbreakers. Tell us we can’t cross the Atlantic, or climb Everest, or artificially light our cities at night, or harness the atom, or transplant a human heart, or reach the Moon, and we do it primarily because all logic said we couldn’t. Now the laws of math […]

World Ships: The Long Journey To The Stars

posted by Kelvin F. Long on August 29, 2011

A World Ship is a very large vehicle many tens of kilometres in length and having a mass of millions of tons, moving at a fraction of a per cent of the speed of light and taking hundreds of years to millennia to complete its journey. It is a self-contained, self-sufficient ship carrying a crew […]

Blueprints for a Starship

posted by admin on June 6, 2011

‘Robot probes – flashing through nearby star systems and radioing back their observations during a few hectic hours of transit … Barring accidents, they would continue speeding through the galaxy forever …’ Clarke, The Songs of Distant Earth, 1986 As Project Icarus enters its next stage we will, slowly but surely, move towards a precise […]

Ships of Dreams: Interstellar Probes in Science Fiction

posted by admin on February 20, 2011

Introduction In fiction, a number of imaginary emissaries have sailed before Icarus into the dark interstellar ocean. There have been fewer tales featuring unmanned probes than manned starships like the Enterprise of Star Trek, purely because of the wider dramatic possibilities of the latter. But the depiction of interstellar probes in science fiction may serve […]