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      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2008 edited
    Some of you old-time SF readers may remember a trilogy by Spider and Jeanne Robinson, called 'Stardance'. It's about the creation of zero-gravity dance as an art form.
    Now, some thirty years on from the first story, they're doing it for real.

    The Robinsons were donated time on a Vomit Comet, found a dancer willing to try and an IMAX documentary film crew to shoot the process.

    Website for the project is here, blog is here, first footage of the attempt is here.

    (Dancer - Kathleen McDonagh. Composer - James Raymond.)

    The potential is there for something truly new and beautiful. I hope they get the chance to do this in a stable microgravity environment one day.
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2008
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.

    They should have a show called "Soul Plane".

    Okay, that's all I could think of. But what an excellent idea!
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    that's such a bad pun that Spider Robinson himself might like it...
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    I must've read STARDANCE a zillion times as a kid (though somehow I never learned that there was a trilogy, so it turns out I'll be dropping some money at Webscription one day)...
    • CommentAuthorMark W
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008

    Now that is a pun that is just plane awful, makes me want to jet off for a beer to drown it out..

    Seriously though, the stuff I've seen of this is awesome. I hope they get more chances to do this and complete this film. Also has anyone else here read Spider's posthumous collaboration with Heinlein, Variable Star? I thought it was pretty good myself, though your milage may vary.
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    i remember reading about anti-gravity caves in someplace a while back?? where the rock above was more dense than towards earth so had a greater gravitational pull... can't be arsed to google it right now, possibly and most probably complete bullshit too.

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    Variable Star cannot possibly be worse than the last 2 or 3 Callahan's books or Very Bad Deaths. The last good Spider book was The Free Lunch. IMNSHO.