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Category Archives: SF
I was eleven years old when Tron: Legacy was released. I didn’t know how to drive a car, nonetheless a motorcycle, but I knew that I wanted a light cycle. My brother and I spent the years following drawing out any and all modifications we’d make to the bikes, as well as creating different models. […] Continue reading
In many realms of science, people place a significant emphasis on what we consider to be “intelligent life.” We use our definition of what counts as “intelligence” when we allow the use of insects and animals in the laboratory; we brush off ethical concerns, often on the basis that these organisms are not close enough […] Continue reading
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
In James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi action movie Avatar, the themes of colonialism and environmental destruction show a connection to the scientific exploration that has become the basis for much of what we understand about our world today. The plot of Avatar borrows from a wide range of source material, and was clearly inspired by several […] Continue reading
“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
I remember being about seven, in trouble (usually reading late at night by the shine of the hallway light), and my parents being frustrated at me. My parents, being my parents, usually responded to me deliberately ruining my eyesight by yelling at me to stop reading at night and go to bed. I would usually […] Continue reading
In his talk last Monday here at Vanderbilt, Ted Chiang joined a panel to talk about the future of Artificial Intelligence. He spoke about what A.I. means for humanity, and contested the possibility of the singularity (a.k.a. the technology explosion that occurs when computers begin programming smarter computers, with those smarter computers programming even smarter […] Continue reading
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
“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against […] Continue reading