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Invader Xan is a molecular astrophysicist and part-time alien invader, who spends life looking at very small things on very large scales, and trying to better understand the chemistry of interstellar space.
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Category Archives: Sci Fi
Special Relativity, whether we like it or not, imposes an ultimate speed limit for everything in the Universe. According to the laws of physics, nothing in the Universe can travel faster than light. And as any Star Trek fan should … Continue reading
Have you ever watched Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? If not, you probably should. Whether or not you’re a fan of Star Trek generally, it was probably one of the best sci fi movies ever made. Fast paced … Continue reading
One thing I rediscovered while writing that post about Pitch Black a couple of weeks ago was TV Tropes. Seriously, TV Tropes is a slightly frightening website. Frightening because it’s actually worse than Wikipedia – if you get drawn in … Continue reading
Science isn’t about why, it’s about why not. You ask: why is so much of our science dangerous? I say: why not marry safe science if you love it so much. – Cave Johnson, Aperture Science Look at me still … Continue reading
Naron of the long-lived Rigellian race was the fourth of his line to keep the galactic records. He had a large book which contained the list of the numerous races throughout the galaxies that had developed intelligence, and the much … Continue reading
I remember once having one of those rambly post-pub conversations with a friend about how someone should write a sci fi sitcom about all the red shirt guys in star trek while they were off duty. You know… Just hanging … Continue reading
I love sci fi. Really. While countless people whine about the lack of accuracy in sci fi generally, I’ve come to realise that suspending my disbelief is usually more fun★. Anyway, if we’re honest, deconstructing science in movies is like … Continue reading
If there’s one place in the world where robots are likely to be able to coexist with humans in the forseeable future, it has to be Japan. I have a kind of awestruck admiration for the Japanese love of technology. … Continue reading
I’ll make no secret of the fact that I have, in the past, poured scorn on the concept behind the movie Sunshine. I’ll be honest. The central concept of using some kind of a bomb to reignite the dying Sun … Continue reading