Craig Bamford

Craig Bamford
Craig is a graduate of Carleton's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, focused on conflict studies. Naturally, this means he writes on the Internet about gaming, tech, and speculative fiction. He lives in Toronto.

Canadian ANA Avatar XPRIZE Session Leads to Discussion of Canadian Space-Based Robotics

ANA Avatar XPRIZE Toronto information session, January 28, 2019

Canadian Robotics draw a devoted audience. Even though Toronto’s schools, roads, highways and subways were shut down due to intense blizzard conditions on January 28th, a varied crowd of technological experts, enthusiasts, and students still came together at Ryerson University’s DMZ collaboration space.

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A Kid Asked What Happens When You Burp in Space – Now It’s a Book

To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space

A lot of people are aware of May 4th as a celebration of Star Wars fandom. “May the Fourth be with you!” But this year, May the 4th was also International Space Day. For the last 20 years, the first Friday in May has been celebrated as Space Day, where scientists and educators come together to teach kids about the majesty of space.

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Amazon’s Billion-Dollar Bet on Chinese Science Fiction

The Three Body Problem

People were surprised to hear that Amazon is willing to spend a billion dollars to secure the rights to a streaming adaptation of Cixin Liu’s The Three Body Problem. Yes, Amazon is willing and able to pay big dollars for television adaptations—they’re already working on a massive Lord of the Rings prequel series. But a billion dollars? For this series? It won a Hugo, but …

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The Billion-year Arch Library Riding Along with Elon Musk’s Tesla in Space

Three of the first 5 Arch Libraries ever made

All eyes were glued on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s successful launch this past Tuesday. Not only because it demonstrated SpaceX’s new and astonishing space launch capability, but because of the idiosyncratic, even baffling cargo: one of Elon Musk’s own Tesla Roadsters, complete with “Starman”, its spacesuit-wearing dummy passenger.

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Gaming Becoming a Respected Narrative Medium Led by Canadian Success Story BioWare

Mass Effect 3 Starship Normandy

Space ignites the imagination. The most recent SpaceQ podcast quoted CSA president Sylvain LaPorte, telling the audience about how a gymnasium full of kids will absolutely light up when they see an astronaut walk into the room, and how stories of hometown astronauts inspire kids to look to space for their own future careers. Fiction is no different: whether it’s television shows like Gene Roddenberry’s Star …

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