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New superhero movie “LUCY” based on stupid urban myth of stupidity

A trailer for the upcoming superhero movie Lucy starring Scarlet Johannson and directed, written, and co-produced by Luc Besson, looked pretty damn awesome until I reached 1:13 … … That’s when Morgan Freeman, portraying a professor and scientific researcher who should have known better, said, “It is estimated most human beings only use ten percent […]

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Future Ethics 2 — Changing Minds

The future is now. And the ethical implications are…uncertain. We’re on the verge of literally being able to change people’s minds in the here and now. There are new medications—or new uses for medications—that will allow people to change how memory and trauma affect them. Anti-depressants already alter the chemistry of our brains for better […]

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Future Ethics — The Past

The future is already here in many ways, bringing us ethical challenges that make for fantastic stories and gripping conflicts, both now and in the distant future. Some of those issues have been explored in blockbusters such as Jurassic Park, which speculates about a present in which science has outstripped present progress. Bringing back the […]

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Elysium and my jaded soul

I just saw Elysium, the new movie by Neill Blomkamp (District 9). And I loved it. From the first scene, it grabbed me and didn’t let go. I kept thinking, I hope this movie doesn’t disappoint me. Please, please don’t let it turn stupid and disappoint me. It didn’t. In a weird way that I […]

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We live in the world we imagined

The Buzzfeed article “27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012” illustrates a point I’ve argued on this blog before: “The future is here.” This is one of the challenges of writing science fiction in the 21st century. When German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler wrote Somnium in the 1600s, he offered a detailed […]

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Through the Future Lens: Kids

Children are the future, as the song says, but what does the future hold for them? The future is going to change how we raise kids, for certain. It’ll change how we have kids, too.  Maybe we’ll even get to a point where it’s par for the course for men to be pregnant—that’ll be something […]

Future Tech & Plot Bunnies

This is going to be super quick – I forgot I was going to be in a hotel room this morning, prior to going to an NHL hockey game (my first live playoff game). Last week on Facebook, I came across these links (and I can’t for the life of me remember who posted them […]

All the data in your fingertip

Science fiction is getting that much more real. The latest science news has me pondering the possibilities. Researchers are developing ways to back up your hard drive to DNA. This sort of biotech leads to all sorts of interesting concepts. From the idea of a living ship ala Farscape to the “biocyph” seed technology in […]

What kind of sneakers?

I was traipsing along my merry way, as one does when procrastinating, when I saw this headline: Transgenic sneaker company grows custom designs on genetically engineered stingrays. After my first eye-popping, what the…? I clicked. The article discussed the company, Rayfish, and whether or not the claims are true that it’s growing these fancy-skinned stingrays […]

Where did that come from?

Ideas come from the darndest places. I think this might be especially true for authors of science fiction. I happen to be one of those writers who is frequently inundated with ideas that I have to drop into a file and ignore. There really is only so much time in the day–even if I had […]