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The recent struggle between Ukraine and Russia underlined once more a lot of misconceptions about Vladimir Putin, Russia’s foreign policy and the ways to confront in a workable way acts like the invasion of Crimea. The basic idea of portraying Putin like an old-style russian hard case, somebody who will try to set a new USSR, is so deeply wrong to be almost humoristic. Almost.

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At the last Davos meeting the CEO of the Coca-cola company finally showed us the reason why somebody will do something for real in order to stop climate change in the future. No, I’m not joking. The issue is so serious that the space for joking is over.

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isla san jose

I was researching a bit for a new story I have in the making when I stumbled upon an intriguing tale. It’s the story of a marvelous island, a tropical paradise named Isla San José, Panama.

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Happy New Year!

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The New Year’s Eve madness is already begun worldwide, so it’s time for me to add my personal message for today.

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Xmas 2013

Under Santa's watch: C-17 delivers fuel to remote bases in Afghanistan

It’s been a while since the last time I’ve posted an entry on this blog, my apologies to the readers. I’ve been quite busy with the science fiction blogzine “Il futuro è tornato” (The Future Is Back) that I run with an bunch of friends and with all the complications of italian politics (yeah, I still believe in the system so sue me and bla-blah-blah).

Now it’s Xmas time, isn’t it? I don’t like this kind of stuff but with a six-year old son I’ve got to celebrate, the little guy get his rights oh-ho-ho. So it’s high time for all of you to get a full payload of season greetings from Italy and watch out for what it comes down from the sky!

Image by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon, USAF.

Thank you Madiba

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INVICTUS

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

[William Ernest Henley 1849–1903]

This was his favorite poem, a light in the darkness in his years in jail. Thank you Mr. Mandela.

classic spaceship

I’m a multi-genre author with a passion for science fiction. Sooner or later this kind of interest drives to space, to what a spaceship can do and to what I want to tell to my audience when it comes to describe what’s going on. So we can imagine our wonderful spaceships, use them to travel from planet to planet and make room for epic fights. Well, we can. With a bit of respect for reality.

Do you remember the first movie of the “Alien” franchise? The blurb was “In space, nobody can hear you scream”. That was a very nice movie, one of my all-time favorite. The blurb was set right, with no atmosphere there is no possible sound transmission. No screams, no engine noise, no “whoooosh” from missiles, no “zot!” from energy-based weapons. This little fact kills a lot of movies, isn’t it? There’s more on the line, with no atmosphere of sort there is no need for control surfaces. No flaps, ailerons, rudders at all. And this kills a lot of spaceship design.

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