Larry Niven’s Ringworld

Ringworld is a science fiction novel written by Larry Niven and published in 1970. The novel won the Hugo, Nébula and Locus prizes in 1971; it is one of the few science fiction novels that has achieved such a triple prize. The novel has three continuations: Ingenieros de Mundo Anillo (1980), Trono de Mundo Anillo…

The enigma of the Dashka Stone

DASHKA STONE IS A UNIQUE ARTIFACT OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN WITH (SUPPOSEDLY) A THREE-DIMENSIONAL MAP OF THE URAL REGION. THE STONE WAS FOUND IN THE VILLAGE OF CHANDRA IN BASHKORTOSTAN, IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION. THE DASHKA STONE The Dashka stone is a unique artifact of unknown origin with (supposedly) a three-dimensional map of the Urals region….

Loki, the trickster god of Nordic mythology

He is the son of the giants Farbauti and Laufey, has two brothers, Helblindi and Býleistr, of whom little is known. In the eddas he is described as the “origin of all fraud” and mixed with the gods freely, becoming considered by Odin as his brother until the murder of Balder. After this the Æsir…

Revelations about Mayan culture

MAYAN CULTURE, WITH A HISTORY OF APPROXIMATELY THREE THOUSAND YEARS, INHABITED A PART OF THE REGION CALLED MESOAMERICA, IN THE CURRENT TERRITORIES OF GUATEMALA, BELIZE, HONDURAS, EL SALVADOR AND IN THE FIVE STATES OF SOUTHEASTERN MEXICO: CAMPECHE, CHIAPAS, QUINTANA ROO, TABASCO AND YUCATAN. MAYAN CULTURE During that long time they developed one of the most…

Dead and Forgotten in Space

Dead and Forgotten in Space; OFFICIALLY, ON JULY 13, 1969, DEPARTED FROM THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME IN THE SOVIET UNION TOWARDS THE MOON. ITS OBJECTIVE WAS TO MAKE A SOFT MOON LANDING AND BRING SAMPLES OF LUNAR DUST TO THE GROUND (ABOUT 100 GRAMS), BUT DUE TO AN ALTIMETER FAILURE IT CRASHED ON JULY 21, 1969…

Larry Niven’s World Ring

RINGWORLD IS A SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL WRITTEN BY LARRY NIVEN AND PUBLISHED IN 1970. The novel won the Hugo, Nébula and Locus prizes in 1971; it is one of the few science fiction novels that has achieved such a triplet of awards. The novel has three continuations: Engineers of Ring World (1980), Throne of World…

Hymn of Ugarit, the oldest song in the world

HYMN OF UGARIT; A SEAL OF THE QUEEN UQNITUM GIVES US AN IDEA OF A MUSICAL PERFORMANCE SUCH AS THE ONE THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE IN THE ROYAL PALACE OF URKESH. QUEEN OF UQNITUM Ugarit (present-day Ras Shamra) was an ancient port city, located on the Mediterranean coast north of Syria a few kilometers from…