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A collection of inspirational interstellar themed postcards to share with your friends and family.
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Interstellar Music Albums
Created by Alex Storer
A set of ground breaking musical compositions from one of the i4is honorary interstellar artists. Four albums have so far been produced in association with the organisation and they are listed below.
Beyond the Boundary: The idea of travelling to the stars is at the heart of the endeavours of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies. This album expresses that challenge in orchestral form, and evokes the concept of space travel in a way that speaks to anyone who shares that fascination with the unknown. We find ourselves reaching out into space with themes that mirror aspects of long-distance spaceflight. They lead us into realms of which we have little knowledge from our normal lives, through to a positive image of facing up to the mystery of the wider cosmos. Is that where the ultimate goal of the human race lies? Feel your way there with music which touches the intuition that lies in all of us to seek what is “beyond”. You never know what you might find.
Panorama: A new world beckons. Vistas of undiscovered landscapes stretch before us from the start of an album that combines ethereal mystery with the quest for the unknown. A mild level of unease and suspense tells us that not all may be as expected on this strange planet. We delve into caverns where more menacing beats let us know that we are in the presence of something strange, but it is the grandeur of the vast horizons spread around us, expressed through captivating melodies, which let us soar to places unknown. The enigma of something never experienced previously can be a challenge to even the most experienced explorer. Interpretation can be difficult. But we must never forget that the challenge of exploring the new can always end up telling us more about ourselves than we might ever have imagined at the start.
Future Worlds: What lies outside our comfortable everyday existence? Like the girl in the cover picture, we may look out at a world which is different to our normal experience – it may be enticing, or it may be frightening. In these tracks, we recognise themes which we know from science fiction, whether it be from films or literature. There is a dynamism as we meet the challenge of the future, and seek to look ahead into different narratives of what might be. There may be the attraction of interstellar flight and the beckoning unknown of worlds yet to be discovered. But there are also dystopias which disturb our belief that the future must always represent simple progress. Travel through these scenarios of what is yet to come. All is not quite as you might imagine.
Future Worlds Redux: This orchestral re-working of the electronic music of FUTURE WORLDS, gives us a symphonic experience of the concept of interstellar travel. The imagery of each track takes us through a voyage from Earth to the depths of space, and to face the mystery of what is out there. This may be a one-way trip – there is no going back. There is still some regret for what has been left behind – a sense that the Earth we once knew has been reduced from what we loved. It may be climate change, or some other disaster, that has driven us from our home, and we are now outside our comfort zone. But that is all behind us now – the challenge of other worlds is what confronts us, and gives us the drive and determination to meet with them.
BOOK: Beyond the Boundary - Exploring the Science and Culture of interstellar Spaceflight
Edited by Kelvin F. Long, with contributions from many of the team.
This ground-breaking book looks at the possibilities of interstellar flight, including the technology that will drive our starships, the planets and stars that will be our destinations, the sociological basis and impact of becoming a space-fairing civilisation and how our interstellar future is depicted in art and culture. Featuring 21 chapters covering topics as diverse as 'starship cities', Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), exoplanets, launch vehicles, interstellar precursor missions, wormholes, warp drive, starship communications, artificial intelligence. With contributions from Professor Rachel Armstrong, Stephen Ashworth, Jonathan Brooks, Martin Ciupa, Keith Cooper, Dr Ian Crawford, William Cress, Adam Crowl, Professor Remo Garattini, Angelo Genovese, Dr David Fields, Tiffany Frierson, David A Hardy, Dr Andreas Hein, Jon Lomberg, Robert Kennedy III, Richard Osborne, Ken Roy, Divya Shankar, Alex Storer, Dr Giovanni Vulpetti. More info.
JOURNAL: Axiom - our academic educational journal
Edited by Kelvin F. Long
Axiom is an academic education journal that features papers which question our very assumptions and points of reasoning upon which our approaches and methods towards interstellar flight are based. Three papers appear in each issue. Find out more about the contents of each issue.