Category Archives: Scientists

Where Am I? The Science of Memory Manipulation

“Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth” – George Orwell (1984) The idea of memory manipulation and its various tropes have long been a staple in science fiction. The 1880 novel Dr. Heidenhoff’s Process by American author Edward Bellamy was one of the first and […] Continue reading

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Science Fiction: Disrupting the Art World?

Some previous posts on the blog have discussed how culture – art and fashion – are represented in science fiction. But is science fiction ever represented in art? I have two words for you: Meow Wolf. Meow Wolf is an immersive, interactive art experience based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The inaugural exhibition, The House of […] Continue reading

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Leave the Ethics at Home- It’s Superpower Time.

Growing up, I’m pretty sure we all asked each other the same question: If you could have any superpower, what would it be? There’s always the go-to flight because, c’mon, who wouldn’t want to see the world on a non-stop roller coaster?! Invisibility. Sneaking out just peaked. Telepathy. Because reading minds and putting thoughts into […] Continue reading

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1807 words for one big debate: science & religion

At the risk of anyone thinking that this post might offer anywhere near a comprehensive view of the interplay between science and religion – it won’t. I can’t even say that I’ll make a dent, so please start with no expectations. They’ll just ruin the fun.   With that said, let’s begin!   Disclaimer: I’m […] Continue reading

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Ghost Ships, Ghost Ships Everywhere…

Growing up on an island in the Atlantic, I spent summers reading adventure stories. One such tale was Brian Jacques’ Castaways of the Flying Dutchman. In this young adult fantasy novel, a boy stows away on a ship: the Flying Dutchman. The ship’s crew is a depraved lot, and most fearsome of all is Captain […] Continue reading

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Some of the Best Science Social Fiction of our Time

I have a confession. I never considered myself a fan of science fiction. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I didn’t see myself as one until I was 20 years old. If we’re being honest, I had always regarded science fiction as a genre for geeks. I thought it could offer me little, and […] Continue reading

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Money Speaks Louder than Human Voices

“Everything has a price.” This phrase in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake is not new, but it takes on a new meaning in the context of her novel (139). In today’s world, corporations dominate in every sphere from the economy to religion and politics. While Atwood’s world in which corporations have absolute control is unsettling, […] Continue reading

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Ain’t No Uncanny Valley Low

Looking at the images above, how do they make you feel? Disturbed? Uncomfortable? Maybe even scared? The four pictures shown are all humanoid with a face,mouth, eyes, and every feature we as humans have. However, each photograph makes the viewer feel that something is off. They look human, yet there is something about them that […] 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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The Martian: A Love Letter To Science

On the first day of class, when we were discussing if any of us had any experience with science fiction before, I naïvely said that I had read a ‘science fiction’ novel, Never Let Me Go, over the summer. The moment I said it, Professor Clayton let… Continue reading

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