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Popular Sci-Fi Films: What Makes Them So Great?

What makes a science fiction movie critically acclaimed and monetarily successful, and what makes one a box office flop? Why do we respond so positively to some films and not to others? And why has the popularity of mainstream sci-fi relatively increas… Continue reading

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Personal Preferences, Matters of Taste, and Whether or Not You’ll All Hate My Short Story

As I sat down to begin writing my short story, I felt conflicted. Should I create something that I find interesting, that fulfills me intellectually and personally, and that allows me to grow as a writer and thinker… Or should I write a piece that ot… Continue reading

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Americans and Fascination with the Unknown

Even before stepping foot into this class, I knew that I was a die-hard space fiction fan. Regardless of my inability to understand the physics, engineering, or astronomy concepts behind the plots, I remained riveted by stories of space travel and expl… Continue reading

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Americans and Fascination with the Unknown

Even before stepping foot into this class, I knew that I was a die-hard space fiction fan. Regardless of my inability to understand the physics, engineering, or astronomy concepts behind the plots, I remained riveted by stories of space travel and expl… Continue reading

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The Cold Equations and Immigration: Understanding SciFi Through Real Life

“No one would ever let it be like this if it could be changed.” Whenever I read a book or short story, I find myself working through the material by placing it in the context of another event or work with which I’m more familiar. I consider the m… Continue reading

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Zenon: SciFi Icon of the 21st Century

We all know that science fiction tends to appeal to a certain adolescent following- the “nerds,” the misfits, and the marginalized (and I say that with no negative connotation; in fact, I’d probably categorize myself as a member of these groups). But what happens when the genre is popularized and gains a wider following? Does […] Continue reading

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Science, Fiction, and Religion: An Intersection

“The more I study science, the more I believe in G-d.” –Albert Einstein I’ve never considered myself a wholly religious individual. Drawn by the cultural gatherings, the plentiful food, and the good company of my temple community, I often found myself in synagogue, surrounded by others who believed in the power of one true G-d. […] Continue reading

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