Category Archives: Science Fiction

Did Disney read Frankenstein?

Before taking this class, I was not very familiar with the conventions, history and common knowledge between authors of the 19th century, but now I am able to see the influences of 19th century literature everywhere, even in Disney movies! I discovered this pretty easily because I have an 11-year-old sister and ever since she […] 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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Confessions of a Librarian’s Daughter

I can’t stand when people watch a movie before they read the book. There. I said it. Even back in fourth grade when a film adaptation of Jeff Kinney’s renowned Diary of a Wimpy Kid hit theaters, I was appalled by my young cohort watching in awe from front row seats, so mindless of the […] Continue reading

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CRISPR, Cloning, and Self Preservation: How SF Handles Morale

Cloning is my favorite thing ever. Okay, let me rephrase. Studying the sociological and scientific impacts of cloning is one of my favorite intellectual ventures (second only to my recent research on the Oxford comma). In high school, I even had the opportunity three times to hear renowned Harvard-alum Sam Rhine lecture at his annual […] 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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The New Age of Technology and Sports

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, the overall number of student athletes in high school sports has consecutively increased for the 29thyear now. As students get older, this increase in popularity for sports will likely extend into college and to the professional level. Consistent with this prediction, statistics from professional leagues […] Continue reading

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This is the Way the World Ends

After watching Interstellar for class, one student asked what we thought might have happened to all the animals. We know that the characters in the movie only eat corn, with no meat in their diets. A different student suggested that that was because livestock is one of the least cost and energy-efficient ways to consume […] Continue reading

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The Fiction of Jurassic Park’s “Science”

Extracting DNA from amber-preserved mosquitos- mosquitos from before “the meteor” 66 million years ago- and filling in the missing parts with frog DNA is the premise of Jurassic Park’s successful dinosaur resurrection. So… can we do this and bring Busch Gardens to another level? Sorry, but no. Not really. And this is why: So, although […] Continue reading

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Music of the Future as Depicted in Science Fiction Films

Have you ever wondered how cultures might change in the future? Will people hold on to their customs, or will individual cultures dissipate into an ever-growing melting pot? Science fiction has somewhat answered that question through its filmic presentation of music in technologically advanced worlds. Science fiction has integrated technology into current musical and cultural […] Continue reading

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Building Our New Home

Many of us recognize the iconic potato farm that Matt Damon incredulously built from human feces, water from rocket fuel, and Thanksgiving potatoes. And while The Martian certainly did take a few scientific liberties, it had most scientists agreeing that farming on Mars wasn’t completely out of the question. In fact in August 2015 astronauts […] Continue reading

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