Dreaming of Mars

This has to be the image of the week: NASA's Curiosity Rover photographed around sixty seconds before it touched down on the surface of Mars. This extraordinary picture was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and clearly shows the one-ton robot dangling from its parachute on final descent. A new NASA mission to Mars was … Continue reading Dreaming of Mars

John Carter

I’m fresh back from a trip to see John Carter, the big new Disney movie directed by Andrew Stanton of Pixar fame and adapted from the classic 1917 Edgar Rice Burroughs novel A Princess of Mars. Describe it like that, and you begin to get a sense of just how much baggage this movie’s carrying … Continue reading John Carter

John Carter came first

Have you seen the new trailer for Disney's forthcoming John Carter of Mars movie? Doesn't it look great? Rousing and spectacular and beautiful. I can't wait to see it. Unfortunately, the trailer also makes John Carter look suspiciously like a cross between Star Wars and Avatar, and I suspect a lot of people are going to be … Continue reading John Carter came first