Tag Archives: science fiction

Who Owns the Future?

I attended my friend’s wedding in Toronto this weekend, which means that I have spent a significantly larger percentage of the last three days sitting in various airports than I would care to admit. And if you have been through … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Fantasy

So, as part of the discussion on my previous post, n8chz has directed my attention towards a discussion going on the blog the Hipcrime Vocab . This post (which is well worth the read) asks the question: given all of the problems … Continue reading

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An Heretical Question

For the last several weeks I’ve been thinking about a question which I’m almost afraid to ask, because if taken too literally, it could sound like I’m advocating restrictions on freedom of inquiry. Nevertheless, I think it’s an interesting question, … Continue reading

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Losing the Faith

Let us suppose that there exists a field of study in which people take established facts about the world and extrapolate upon them wildly; where bizarre–though interesting–ideas are routinely advanced with no more basis than the fact that they could conceivably … Continue reading

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2312

Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel 2312 has inspired in me an interesting and potent mixture of reactions. On the one hand, I love the concept for this book: a scientifically plausible and ultimately optimistic look at a possible future world which addresses such … Continue reading

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Am I Being Stupid?

One of the things that first attracted me to the Space Studies Program was its inter-disciplinarity. I liked the idea on paper, but in practice I figured that it would be lip-service and that the bulk of the program would … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Star Trek

[Some Spoilers Follow] I have a confession to make, dear readers: I am a theoretical physicist today pretty much exclusively because I grew-up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. The overwhelming likelihood is that the show probably also exerted a … Continue reading

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