“between galaxies, drifting through empty space…”


Image borrowed from The Catacombs’ Series Guides


Ever have one of those stretches in your life where you have more projects than time?


I’m in the thick of one right now…


…and the quote that serves as the title of today’s posting seems appropriate.


Along about the time of “Dragon’s Domain” (Year One, 23rd Episode).  Helena Russell’s narration opens this haunting episode:

“It was the eight hundred and seventy seventh day since our Moon left Earth. We were between galaxies, drifting through empty space. When Tony Cellini began to believe “


A great bit of SF television, IMHO, and one worthy of quoting.  The show features some super-fantastic special effects of Eagles, interplanetary spacecraft, and drama that warranted a parental advisory back in 1975 when it first hit the airwaves.


Like the Alphans in Space: 1999, I’m adrift, but in a sea between breathing spaces.  A few more hurtles and I’ll be back in the swing of things.


So until I’ve cleared some of my checklist and can carve out some time for more studied postings, don’t give up on Deep Space from the Deep South!

In the meantime, drop in on the folks at The Catacombs for a generous indulgence in all things Space: 1999!


Watching 2D in 3D…Doh!

I was reading yesterday about a guy who has found some interesting newness in old science fiction movies.


Well, seems he’s using his 3D-capable television to watch 2D movies using its 3D conversion feature.


<face palm>


why didn’t I think of that?

In the post I read, it was the ‘Alien’ series that he was watching. Seems the conversion software can pick up and ‘depth-i-fy’ space scenes since dark colors recede into the background while high-spectrum (reds and yellows, etc.) pop out.

So, I’m off to pull a few oldies but goodies and see how it works.

If you have experience with this, please comment and tell us how it worked out for you?



Chris Foss

Darrell Curtis:

Some good posts can be found at this blog. Check it out!

Originally posted on Joe Blogs:

Ever since I read Asimov’s Foundation trilogy as a teenager, I have loved the work of Chris Foss…

It’s Space Opera on a huge scale: big ships adrift in limitless space, alien landscapes, lasers and engine trails, and all painted with a stunning degree of precision and technical ability…. just what a science fiction obsessed teenager needs.

Having not thought about or seen works by Chris Foss for many, many years, I recently came across his own site where it’s obvious he’s still producing some wonderful stuff, as evidenced by the recent publication of a book “Hardware” chronicling his work (looks like something for my Christmas list…..)

Foss was born in Guernsey in 1946 and made his name in the 1960’s and 70’s producing these amazing images of space ships and future technology. His ideas and imagination undoubtedly left a lasting impression on anyone that saw them, and indeed it…

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Ron Cobb’s Semiotic Standards for Alien…

Darrell Curtis:

A blogger, after my own science fiction heart, writes about the overlooked art of Ron Cobb and its effective legitimization of the set dressing of the Nostromo. Long live the ‘Semiotic Standard’!

Originally posted on Joe Blogs:

With the new Alien film Prometheus coming up in the next few weeks, I watched the first film again recently to remind myself of the story and came across these forgotten gems, referred to on one of the extras spread across the rather excellent fluorescent green, nine dvd box set…

It is a series of signs designed by the graphic artist Ron Cobb (although this sheet is a digitised version based on his hand drawn originals). Ron Cobb was the man responsible for imagining and designing all the human technology in the first and second Alien films. HR Giger of course was famously responsible for the monster itself, and Ridley Scott apparently kept the two men apart so that their particular visions would not become compromised or tainted by the others ideas…

These signs were intended for “all commercial trans-stellar and heavy element transport craft” and are wonderful examples of…

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‘The Nostromo Files’ on Facebook

Darrell Curtis:

Introducing…’The Nostromo Files’, a blog version (of the 1990s website) for the 21st Century. Hope you’ll visit and follow as we make progress! I have much work to do but I think it’ll be worth it. Enjoy!

Originally posted on The Nostromo Files:

It has been a heavy slog, getting geared up to re-build some semblance of “TNF”!


I’ve been digging through the old web pages and starting to do updates…


I’ve been re-writing some content,

creating new pages, and

giving the entire effort a re-think for a good fit in a blog format.

Yep, I’d say my reaction to that daunting task

is about the same as the shock exhibited

by Lambert, Kane, and Dallas when they first saw the alien derelict…


Or, more illustrative of my emotions…


But still I forge ahead, making progress slowly…but surely.


In the meantime, followers can also join the new Facebook Page as well.


Be seeing you…



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Dawn Journal: Explaining Orbit Insertion | The Planetary Society feedly

I know, I know! I get so caught up in science fiction that I overlook some really impressive science fact.

Like, take for instance the fact that spaceship Dawn is 9.2 million miles (15 million kilometers) from asteroid Ceres. It is also 1.61 AU (149 million miles, or 241 million kilometers) from Earth, or 620 times as far as the moon and 1.60 times as far as the sun today. Radio signals, traveling at the universal limit of the speed of light, take 27 minutes to make the round trip.

A half hour turnaround!

Looks like the realities of space travel would force us all back into a world of patience and less frenetic movement…less stress?


Dawn Journal: Explaining Orbit Insertion | The Planetary Society
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