Tag Archives: Star Trek

In Which I am Crowned Goddess of the Nerds

This past evening, I was attending a guest lecture by the Director of the NASA Ames Research Center. He was talking about the prospects for life in the Universe, including the spread of synthetic biology originating on Earth when he … Continue reading

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I Really Don’t Think “Humanities” Means What You Think It Means…

I was, as you know, quite impressed by the actual lectures in the Humanities given during this program–so much so, as a matter of fact, that I opted to join the Space Humanities department during my two weeks of independent … 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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The Three Broad Streams of Science Fiction

I regret that I have read precious little* of the work of Mr. Ray Bradbury, who died this week. But I understand that with his passing, the last of the great voices of so-called golden-age science fiction has been silenced. … Continue reading

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The Three Traps

To expound upon a point made in my previous post, science fiction writers, by and large, have an extremely difficult time predicting future social trends. They can predict technological developments, often with surprising accuracy (although they often fail to predict … Continue reading

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Fictional Characters To Whom I Relate

I am going to generate a list now in the hope that it may become a meme. The meme is simple; name six fictional characters in whom you could see yourself, and explain why you were able to do so. … Continue reading

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The Hidden Wisdom of “Low-Brow” Literature

When I was a kid (or, more precisely, when I was between the ages of 9 and 14 or so), I read a great many Star Trek tie-in novels. For me, they were like a sort of literary candy; easily … Continue reading

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