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Aliens of Vastly Different Size

The world of science fiction has no lack of first encounter stories, and the idea of bizarre alien life forms is definitely an idea that has been explored extensively.  There have been stories about aliens who are different colors than us, aliens who have different organs than us, aliens who think differently than us,  and […] Continue reading

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Aliens of Vastly Different Size

The world of science fiction has no lack of first encounter stories, and the idea of bizarre alien life forms is definitely an idea that has been explored extensively.  There have been stories about aliens who are different colors than us, aliens who have different organs than us, aliens who think differently than us,  and […] Continue reading

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5 Opening Lines

1. It had been three centuries to the day since the last man died, taking with him the last Y chromosome the world will ever know and leaving behind nothing but a sea full of estrogen. 2. The shuttle took off with loud bang, propelling Xander on his mission to yet another Galaxy on the outskirts of […] Continue reading

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A Letter From a Future Self

Dear PJ, Hello from the future!  I’m not sure what kind of paradoxes sending you this letter will lead to.  Surely it couldn’t have warped the space-time continuum too much or anything like that because apparently I still survived to write this letter to you.  Or maybe another Universe has been created and you are […] Continue reading

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Controlling the Altruism Gene — Going Too Far?

It’s a very intriguing concept.  An “altruism gene.”  A gene that determines how much money you will drop into the homeless man’s cup as you walk by.  Or at least how predisposed you will be to give to him.  I’m not sure if we have found an “altruism gene” or if any such gene really […] Continue reading

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Genetic Engineering and the Breakdown of the Family

Both Gattaca and Beggars in Spain take place in futuristic societies in which advanced genetic engineering allows for a person’s characteristics to be controlled simply by altering the person’s genes while they are still an embryo. However, the unfortunate result of this is that in both stories, children are generally seen not as a gift to be […] Continue reading

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Time Travel for the Sake of Mathematics

One of my favorite rainy day hobbies is doing math.  Yeah, I know, it’s a little strange.  But all of us our strange in some way or another. One of the things I enjoy most about math is the sense of accomplishment you get after solving a problem in a clever way.  You started with […] Continue reading

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Technological Stagnation

Science fiction stories are all about technological progress, and ubiquitous throughout science fiction is the assumption that the future will be filled with technology much more advanced than our own.  This assumption, though present in science fiction, is made by virtually every human being in their musings on future society.  Many people go as far […] Continue reading

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