Storyworld Design: Transportation Technologies

The biggest SF trope there is — interstellar transportation — comes in many different forms, each with its own predicaments. The most common of all, are: Wormholes (Stargate) Warp Drives (Star Trek) Hyperdrives (Star Wars) Jump Drives (Battlestar Galactica) and Ark Ships The different principles behind these technologies inevitably presuppose different storyworld designs, as the worlds that would develop these technologies, …

Blowing Up The Kardashev Scale – The Black Hole Alternative

One of the most burning questions we are faced with when we marvel at the grandness of the universe and the diversity of life on Earth, is: Why the hell can't we find any aliens? I'm not talking about bacteria or frozen spores on some asteroid or moon, but intelligent species — interstellar civilizations we can recognize and communicate with. After all, …

Humanoid Aliens – How Much Likeness Is Plausible?

The idea that intelligent aliens are somehow similar to us in basic physical make-up has occupied both scientists and fiction writers immensely. And it's understandable why, after all, when we look at the sky, we're looking for kindred spirits, potential allies, a new mirror to gaze into and understand our place in the Universe. But will what we …

From Fiction To Reality

I'm not up to writing particularly useful posts at the moment, due to industrious editing efforts (yay!) and otherwise being caught up in baby-ing and day-job-ing. But I've got a cool infographic for you, that highlights some of the best (and most common) inventions from the past decades which science owes to SF. That's right, BOW TO US, labcoated …

UNSUSTAINABLE civilizations

As you might know, one of my favorite bands is Muse, and their song Unsustainable gave me the idea for today's post. Let's speculate a tiny bit on the idea, which goes like this (and is also how the song begins): All natural and technological processes proceed in such a way, that the availability of the remaining energy decreases. In …

TERRAFORMING planets

In science-fiction, we often venture to alien worlds or lifeless planets and settle there, building colonies or transforming the worlds in their entirety to support human life. The transformation of a planet's entire ecosystem to sustain human life, and most likely Terran flora and fauna as well, is called terraforming. There are different ways to terraform …