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The Cost of Science

In James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi action movie Avatar, the themes of colonialism and environmental destruction show a connection to the scientific exploration that has become the basis for much of what we understand about our world today. The plot of Avatar borrows from a wide range of source material, and was clearly inspired by several […] Continue reading

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Climate Change: the thin line between science fiction and reality

Science fiction authors have written about the effects of global climate change for years. Many writers have imagined the measures we humans will have to take to survive what most scientists now believe is Earth’s sixth mass extinction. In stories like Mayflower II and Kyrie, humans have had to evacuate the earth, finding new living […] Continue reading

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Donnie Darko: Science Fiction and Philosophy

When I believe, I am crazy. When I don’t believe,I suffer psychotic depression. — Philip K. Dick In the 2001 sci-fi movie Donnie Darko, director Richard Kelly explores the boundaries and limitations of fate and free will through the story of a teenage boy played by a young Jake Gyllenhaal. Between the original cut and […] Continue reading

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