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Week 22


It's been 50 years since Wernher von Braun astounded America with his visionary spaceflight schemes. Those gizmos have all the archaic majesty of Cleopatra's barge.



Why not start your workday with the awesome visual poetry of an open-air, atomic test shot? Makes great desktop pics — just ask your colleagues!

Show them what one of those babies might do to your office!



Wow, Ursula Le Guin's website is really classy and elegant.

Not without a certain vengeful piquancy, however.



I really have to think that the schtick at futurefeedforward is the best web-based science fiction around. Utter genius.



Every kid on earth has got corny dinosaurs. T. Rex, velociraptors, they're commoner than sheep. If you're looking for paleontological exotica, you gotta go to the Burgess Shale. Nothing can make Anamalocaris look like Barney. It's just two feet long, granted, but the thought of those spiny clutching arm-fangs, that circular jaw gnawing your ankle…

Check out that swimming animation, it's straight out of EC horror comics… "The water's *boiling* with Anomalocarii! There's *thousands* of 'em! AIIIEEE! <choke> Good Lord!"

"Hallucigenia" after the acid mellowed out.

Let's face it: "Opabinia" is a joke.

Get your cool plastic replicas here!


Bruce Sterling is a science-fiction writer who lives in Texas. The sun is a G-type star out towards the edge of the Milky Way.

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