Yesterday the sad news arrived of American actor Jeff Conaway’s death due to complications of pneumonia. Jeffrey Charles William Michael Conaway was born on October 5, 1950 in New York. He’s famous for working in the movie “Grease” and in the TV shows “Taxi” and “Babylon 5”.
Vincent Leonard Price Jr. was born on May 27, 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri. He died on October 25, 1993 due to lung cancer. He’s particularly famous for starring in many horror movies, often low budget.
NASA has announced the end of the attempts to contact the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, whose last communication came from Mars on March 22, 2010. Today the last attempts will be made but now hopes to receive an answer from Spirit are almost non-existent.
The novel “Hellstrom’s Hive” by Frank Herbert was published for the first time in 1973. The author is inspired explicitly to “The Hellstrom Chronicle”, a film shot as a documentary in which a scientist named Nils Hellstrom explains a theory that the insects will eventually become the rulers of Earth thanks to their adaptability and their ability to reproduce rapidly. In his novel Frank Herbert starts with the idea of the film but creating a human hive exploring some of his favorite topics: the evolution of humanity and the relationship between biology – both in terms of the influence of instincts over human behavior and the influence of chemicals on humans – and society.
James Benjamin Blish was born on May 23, 1921 in East Orange, New Jersey, USA. In 1968 he moved to Oxford, England, where he worked until his death in 1975 from lung cancer. He’s famous for writing the Cities in Flight saga, the novel “A Case of Conscience” and many other space travel and colonization stories. He also wrote many Star Trek novels and anthologies.