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, …

Storyworld Design: Communication Technologies

Ever since homo sapiens turned sapiens2, telecommunication has become the greatest instrument of modern evolution. From the internal structure of companies, to the grand scale of global commercial empires and the ever-present, ever-growing world of social media platforms, near-instant communication across vast distances, between vast numbers of people, has become the epitome of our era. Everything in …

The flexible definition of LIFE

Life, by our current understanding, is the quality which separates organized organic matter from inorganic matter---plants and animals from rocks and dirt. Life includes the capacity of growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continuous change toward death. But we'll probably have to redefine life once artificial life is added to the picture. ...Intelligent robots that can …