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Author Archives: scifisean
Just how foreign and novel could life be in the universe? To me this is not a valid question for two reasons: one, the scientific community has not yet arrived on a clear consensus on what separates life from non-life. Two, to postulate some wild, alternate biochemistry may seem like a legitimate stab at the […] Continue reading
1. Millions of years before the rise of unicellular life, Earth was bathed in a sea of organic compounds. Each individual compound was endowed with its own chemical signature as well as a distinct volition that modern man calls consciousness – enabling each compound to intentionally violate the cold, impersonal laws that nowadays underpin all […] Continue reading
Dear skeptical Sean, I want you to know…no, more than merely know, but suspend all disbelief and wholeheartedly trust that this is indeed your older self writing to you from the future. Don’t ask why I’m doing this, and especially avoid asking how this letter arrived at your doorstep. Rather, just sit back and take […] Continue reading
As a parent, I’d be damned if I were given the option to genetically engineer my child to be predisposed towards altruistic behavior since – quite frankly – I wouldn’t know what to do in such a situation. An examination of the nature of altruism, the biological requisites for gene coding, as well as virtue-based […] Continue reading
Time travel is not a hard concept to sell. Physicists at the very least accept a form of time travel mediated by regions of space-time called closed time-like curves that allow particles to return to their starting point in time. Laypeople, owing to lack of scientific learnedness, cannot outright deny the possibility of time travel; […] Continue reading
Writing science fiction can be frustrating at times. Behind every novel piece of technology or grand conception must stand firm, well-established scientific principles. For example, the existence of modern-day tyrannosaurs in the film series Jurassic Park finds root in modern DNA replication and cloning techniques. Nowadays, sheep are the most genetically complex animals to be cloned, but […] Continue reading
To all professors, students, and online passers-by: You are now reading the first in a semester-long series of blog posts chronicling my descent into the academic lair that is science fiction. Sitting at the interface between two areas of human knowledge seemingly distant and incapable of crosstalk as science and literature, science fiction exhibits a […] Continue reading