Nichelle Nichols, portraying Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek, was one of the first Black women to hold a prominent role in a major television series. Not only did she break barriers on screen, she helped NASA recruit astronaut candidates to join the space shuttle program.
Star Wars director George Lucas, and the other artists and conceptual designers behind the look and feel of the original trilogy, grew up during the height of the Cold War and were heavily influenced by the Vietnam War. This period of conflict shaped their perspectives and portrayal of combat ... and the Death Star in particular.
Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, wrote to director Stanley Kubrick, inviting him to the World [Science Fiction] Convention. This gem is one of many you'll find in Clarke's archival papers.
Summer 2020, NASA’s Perseverance rover launched on its seven month journey from Cape Canaveral, Florida to Jezero Crater, Mars. To accompany Percy on its seven-month journey, we’re compiling a literary mixtape of Martian-themed sci-fi set to music by DJ Kid Koala. New episodes are released every month.