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Well, that escalated quickly

In the matter of a page and a half, Ray Bradbury’s Mars is Heaven changes from a heartwarming story of impossible reunions to a frightening story of violent aliens. Perhaps it was the title or maybe my gullible nature, but I was completely caug… Continue reading

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Elements of Reality in Science Fiction

During our discussion with Gregory Benford, he explained how he incorporated real aspects of several people in his life into the characters in his novel, Timescape. It is a really interesting phenomenon — taking what one has experience in realit… Continue reading

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Matters of Perspective in Octavia Butler’s Dawn

“We’re an adaptable species … but it’s wrong to inflict suffering just because your victim can endure it.” Octavia Butler’s Dawn allows its reader to experience the challenges of the subjugated through an interesti… Continue reading

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Gender Roles in Avatar: An Overdue Step Forward for Science Fiction

Several of my fellow classmates have written blog posts about their discomfort with the misogynistic angle that several science fiction stories adopt. Rightfully so, I would argue — the hypermasculine protagonists and the passive, meek female cha… Continue reading

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The Fe(a)rmi Paradox

We first saw it in the Fall of the year 2015 — an irregular rhythm of light fluctuations in the KIC 8462852 star system. Although we had never seen anything like it before, common logic and Occam’s Razor implied that it was simply some aste… Continue reading

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The Will to Live — Balancing the Individual with the Masses

At it’s core, Interstellar is a portrait of man’s response to an imminent catastrophe. As encapsulated by the repeated Dylan Thomas poem, Do not go gentle into that Good Night, it seems that a situation like this globally evokes the surv… Continue reading

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The Will to Live — Balancing the Individual with the Masses

At it’s core, Interstellar is a portrait of man’s response to an imminent catastrophe. As encapsulated by the repeated Dylan Thomas poem, Do not go gentle into that Good Night, it seems that a situation like this globally evokes the surv… Continue reading

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The “Cookie Jar Factor” — A Better Descriptor for my Unease with Genetics

The promise of genetic medicine seems almost too good to be true: instead of administering drugs to fight disease, we can instead alter our DNA so that our bodies “create our own medicines”. Previously incurable ailments, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS that have caused millions of people to have an early death, seem to […] Continue reading

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Thoughts on Navigating the 4th Dimension

The brisk autumn breeze bringing the smell of spiced apples and carved pumpkin into my lungs. The cranking of the tractor engine as it chugged through the cornfields giving the day a lively cadence. The mural of nature painted across the wide, expansive field brightening the entire scene. And above all else, a whimsical feeling of […] Continue reading

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