The Science of Fiction
A technical guide to the future.

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Nov
13
A mathematician explains what Foundation gets right about predicting the future

A mathematician explains what Foundation gets right about predicting the future

The ideas behind psychohistory are more scientific than you might think.
19 min read
Oct
23
How to power a planet with lava

How to power a planet with lava

Extracting energy from molten rock might not be as crazy as it sounds.
4 min read
Sep
25
Why witchers should be breeding monsters

Why witchers should be breeding monsters

A scientific case for replenishing the Continent's top predators.
5 min read
Aug
20
Here's how Star Trek can tackle climate change

Here's how Star Trek can tackle climate change

Star Trek IV saved the whales. Now the Federation needs to save the planet.
1 min read
Jul
24
Can ancient humans help save the planet?

Can ancient humans help save the planet?

A mesmerizing book set in a post-apocalyptic Ice Age suggests they can.
6 min read
Jul
10
Why NASA keeps sending squid into space

Why NASA keeps sending squid into space

Spacefaring cephalopods are more than a science fiction trope.
4 min read
Jul
03
How to talk about science in the Anthropocene

How to talk about science in the Anthropocene

A conversation about science, science fiction, and the end of the world.
1 min read
Jun
25
Are aliens watching us right now?

Are aliens watching us right now?

No, I'm not talking about UFOs.
5 min read
Jun
06
Five times Star Trek biology plots went off the rails

Five times Star Trek biology plots went off the rails

An non-exhaustive list of Star Trek’s weirdest takes on genetics, evolution, and more.
9 min read
May
21
We’re going to radically transform our cities — or abandon them

We’re going to radically transform our cities — or abandon them

Cities have evolved dramatically throughout history, and we may be on the cusp of the next great urban transformation.
6 min read