Red Giant





The Red Giant Stirs (2001) - an introduction to the thinking behind the Red Giant site.



Hegemony or Survival - Noam Chomsky (2001)

Spying from the skies - an overview of US/UK satellite surveillance and related technology (2001)

The War Machine and the Sight Machine - Critical Arts Ensemble (1996)

Mormons in Space - George Caffentzis and Silvia Federici (1982) - ascetic space workers and the Moral Majority

Saturn and Scientism - T. Fulano, Fifth Estate (1981)

Whitey on the Moon - Gil Scott Heron (1972)

The Conquest of Space in the Time of Power - Eduardo Rothe/Situationist International (1969)


Association of Autonomous Astronauts

Nostalgia for the Future: The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars - Neil Starman (2005)

Mission Accomplished but the Beat Goes On: the Fantastic Voyage of the AAA - Neil Disconaut (2000)

Stop Star Wars - Military out of Space - Association of Autonomous Astronauts (1999)

Who owns outer space? - John Eden, Raido Association of Autonomous Astronauts (1997)



It's the end of the world as we know it: the last days of Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Neil Starman (2003)

The Star Trek Myth: towards a historical materialist critique - Fatemeh Faza-navard (2002)

A Critique of Psychoanalytic Film Analysis: The Case of the Alien Quartet - Iraj Kir-Koloft (2002)

NASA/TREK (extract) - Constance Penley (1997)

Bladerunner - Sadie Plant (1997)

Destination Moon - Dale Carter (1988) - a discussion of one of the first space travel films, released in 1950.


Utopias and Visions

Everyday life in outer space - Copenhagan Association of Autonomous Astronauts (1999)

Saturn - Stevie Wonder (1976)





Editorial Policy

The Red Giant site is in its early stages and has largely been put together from bits and pieces we have come across in the past few years. We aim to include material which we find interesting and/or informative, and that contributes towards developing a critical perspective on the space industry and its associated mythologies, or that explores liberatory possibilities of space (including ideas from 'science fiction'). This does not mean that we endorse everything that is said, or that the authors of the texts we have included endorse our views. The texts include different and contradictory perspectives - for instance some are more positive about the possibilities of space than others. .

We will be adding new articles soon. Please feel free to contribute ideas, or point us in the direction of existing material. Email practicalhistory at (replacing the 'at' with @)


Last updated: 1 May 2005