The Science of Fiction
A technical guide to the future.

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Jun
25
How Star Trek changed NASA, helped save the whales, and more

How Star Trek changed NASA, helped save the whales, and more

Author Ryan Britt discusses his new book Phasers on Stun! How the Making (and Remaking) of Star Trek Changed the World
10 min read
May
21
Are hydrogen-hungry microbes everything the body needs?

Are hydrogen-hungry microbes everything the body needs?

Maybe not, but they could change our food systems for the better.
5 min read
Apr
30
How fungi can help feed future space colonies

How fungi can help feed future space colonies

Belter Kibble isn't far off from what future astronauts might eat.
6 min read
Apr
16
A pan-African utopia in the stars

A pan-African utopia in the stars

Scientist and author Maurice Broaddus talks about the backstory to his new space opera Sweep of Stars — and where the series is headed.
12 min read
Apr
07
Audio extra: Full Beskar interview

Audio extra: Full Beskar interview

1 min read
Apr
02
The Godzilla science guide you didn't know you needed

The Godzilla science guide you didn't know you needed

Atomic breath can serve an evolutionary purpose, too.
3 min read
Mar
19
What is Beskar really made of?

What is Beskar really made of?

Strong enough to withstand Sarlacc stomachs, Rancor teeth, and lightsaber strikes, Beskar is a metallurgical marvel far more advanced than any material we've forged on Earth.
5 min read
Mar
05
The only Star Trek series that’s honest about technology

The only Star Trek series that’s honest about technology

Pour one out for the crew of the NX-01.
5 min read
Jan
23
What Leviathan Falls tells us about confronting existential threats

What Leviathan Falls tells us about confronting existential threats

An intergalactic war against hostile aliens has a lesson for Earthlings today.
4 min read
Dec
18
Is freeing everyone from the Matrix really a good idea?

Is freeing everyone from the Matrix really a good idea?

Waking up billions of humans is the easy part. Figuring out how to pack them all into Zion will be much harder.
5 min read