Cool toy for the discerning kid this Xmas comes via a story on Boing Boing – a CSI inspired skull for reconstructing the face. Just the thing if you want your kids to grow up to be reconstructive forensic specialists. Coming next Xmas presumably is the mass-grave body identification kit for kids of all ages. Fun for all the family !

Angry Red Planet

The great Kim Stanley – call me Stan – Robinson, who we’ve had the honour of hosting a couple of times in the bookstore, has written an interesting piece on Martian terraforming for Wired, while the equally great SF writer, Fred Pohl discusses the physical adaptations we may need to survive on Mars.