The Science of Fiction
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Apr
10
How a pandemic made Dracula more relevant than ever

How a pandemic made Dracula more relevant than ever

Not quite alive and not quite dead, Dracula is both a metaphor for viruses and an embodiment of the fears they create.
6 min read
Mar
27
Where in the galaxy will we mine lithium?

Where in the galaxy will we mine lithium?

Lithium plays a key role in modern technology. Astronomers weigh in on where to find it beyond Earth.
5 min read
Mar
13
That time America almost started World War 3 over space weather

That time America almost started World War 3 over space weather

A dramatic solar storm in For All Mankind almost led to nuclear war. The plot line has eerie echoes of history.
5 min read
Mar
06
For All Mankind’s women astronauts on the fight to make space for everyone

For All Mankind’s women astronauts on the fight to make space for everyone

The Apple TV+ alt-history shows a more inclusive version of NASA in the Apollo era.
6 min read
Feb
27
Hallucinations-on-demand, artificial reefs: How science fiction is inspiring innovation

Hallucinations-on-demand, artificial reefs: How science fiction is inspiring innovation

An MIT researcher is helping students bring their favorite sci-fi technologies to life.
12 min read
Feb
20
What would have happened if we never fixed the ozone hole?

What would have happened if we never fixed the ozone hole?

In short, life Earth would be hell.
4 min read
Feb
13
The space junk crisis in Space Sweepers is already here

The space junk crisis in Space Sweepers is already here

Orbital trash is a big problem in 2092. It's a big problem in 2021 as well.
5 min read
Feb
06
What life on Venus would really look like

What life on Venus would really look like

Space jellyfish make good science fiction, but reality might be even stranger.
5 min read
Jan
30
The secret history of The Science of Fiction

The secret history of The Science of Fiction

This week, Substack is spotlighting The Science of Fiction in its weekly “What To Read” series! In an interview, I
2 min read
Jan
23
Wonder Woman 1984's stark warning about Big Oil

Wonder Woman 1984's stark warning about Big Oil

Greed, grifts, and the oil industry are at the heart of Warner Brother's latest superhero flick.
3 min read