Space, Japanese Style
After a short period in suspended animation, the SciFi club re-emerges from its cryo-tube for our second meeting of 2017. This will a general chance to catch up and keep you informed of future plans, as well as to hopefully greet some new faces following the ESOC/EUMETSAT Social Club Fair (16th May – drop me a line if you’d like to support!).
A particular event we’d like to tell you about are plans for celebrating ESOC’s 50th anniversary, including Club participation to showcase the fertile cross-pollination between SciFi and the real space industry (of which we are all good examples!)
Finally, rounding off the evening (and giving me my theme) will be a viewing of an episode each from two Japanese animated sci-fi shows that I believe you’ll enjoy for different reasons.
Planetes is a hard-SF show set in the second half of the 21st Century, a time in which the problem of space debris has grown so large that corporations are paid to run dedicated crews of orbital garbage collectors to keep space safe for commerce. Made in the 1990s, the show stands out for its realistic portrayal of spaceflight (including a detail that even Gravity missed: astronauts wear diapers!).
More escapist is Cowboy Bebop. Also hailing from the 1990s, this show has a number of features that may be familiar to you. It follows a crew of gun-for-hire “space cowboys”, rather in the mold of the later crew of the good ship Serenity. Like Planetes, the physics of spaceflight is shown with some accuracy (zero-gee except with centrifuges, no sound in space, no ray-guns, etc), and is set in a largely terraformed solar system. All of this is set to a jazz soundtrack that you wouldn’t normally expect from a space show.