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Was there a real life Dracula?

The past few blogs posted have been about Dracula and Vampires and in this blog I am continuing the subject matter, but I want to bring attention to the history of Dracula. My first encounter with Vampires was with the infamous Twilight Saga, but my first encounter with an adaptation of the character Dracula, that […] Continue reading

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Black Mirror: 200 Years of Sci-Fi Influence

SPOILER WARNING FOR BLACK MIRROR SEASONS 3 AND 4 Over the past decade, anthology series have seen a significant rise in popularity, particularly in the horror and science fiction genres. From “American Horror Story” to the revival of the classic series “The Twilight Zone”, anthologies are in high demand both on streaming services and on […] Continue reading

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Clockwork Humanity

Music has a certain peculiar, universal appeal which sets it apart from other forms of media. Most of us consume things like TV, video or movies on a daily basis. Hopefully most of us read a book for fun now and again – but we all have that one friend who hasn’t voluntarily picked up […] Continue reading

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Science Fiction Themes Through the Decades

Taking this course was my very first introduction to science fiction. If I had to name one takeaway from what I’ve learned, it’s that science fiction is not about humans, but rather human nature. It’s about what issues us humans are facing in our current moment, and how those issues can be exploited through developments […] 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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Health care in the future?

Health care is a human right. We all have the right to the highest quality of physical and mental health care, which includes access to medical services, healthy working conditions, sanitation, and a clean environment. Since health care is so essential to human life, why have we rarely read about creative medical advancements in science […] Continue reading

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Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

While I was home over winter break, I found myself in the mood to read something new.  A few years ago my family moved houses, and since I was leaving for college soon after I only kept books that I really loved—but thus had already read. So, the pickings on my bookshelf were pretty slim. […] Continue reading

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Something Old to Something New: From Bach to AI

Composers can spend their entire lives studying the music of deceased composers before them in order to find inspiration for their own compositions. They can then spend years drafting manuscript after manuscript before they finish their work. However, the process doesn’t end there. After music is composed, the composer still has to find musicians willing to […] Continue reading

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To Be a Monster, Physically or Mentally

In Science Fiction and Realism alike, the novels often deal with monsters: monsters that haunt the night in science fiction and monsters that haunt the mind in realism. The monsters in science fiction tend to be physical, while the monsters in realism tend to be mental. To start off, let’s look at the definition of […] Continue reading

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Snowpiercer And The Rise Of Cli-Fi

Note: I know that not everyone has seen Snowpiercer, but if you do get some free time this weekend, catch it on Netflix because it’s a brilliant and intense film (a whole new spin on Netflix and ‘chill’)!   One of the reasons I&#… Continue reading

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