Reflections on Science in Fiction

“ISAAK ASIMOV: MY TWIN BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER. MUSINGS ON THE SCIENCE OF ASIMOV’S HYPER-SPACE.”

Date: Mar. 14, 2016

This article is my reflection on the ‘first contact’ with Asimov’s writing, and particularly one sentence, that describes the science of hyper-space.


 

“CLEVER GIRL’S GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE. PART 1. HOW TO REVERSE-ENGINEER ALIEN TECHNOLOGY”

Date: Feb. 8, 2016

This article is inspired by Leonard Susskind’s “Theoretical Minimum”, that I am trying to crack in order to  become  a better sci fi writer. In the lecture 1, Susskind explains closed and open systems, and the laws that govern such systems. Particularly I was interested in dynamical and reversible systems, and what would be the systems that are completely opposite: dynamical yet irreversible. In the post, I attempted to speculate that if we ever captured advanced alien technology, it might be impossible, in principle, to reverse-engineer it, not because of our science limitations, but because of the principles, these systems are based on.


 

“WRINKLY EGG UNIVERSE THEORY, OR THE THEORY OF ALMOST EVERYTHING”

Date: Feb. 25, 2016

This is my personal half-scientific, half-fictional take on the scientific enigmas of our time:

  1. What is dark matter and dark energy?
  2. Why can’t we detect neither dark matter nor dark energy?
  3. Why did matter and anti-matter not annihilate each other during the Big Bang?
  4. Why quantum theory tells us that there are 11 dimensions, but we can only experience 4 (3 space + 1 time)?
  5. Why is the universe expanding (Hubble expansion)?
  6. What are the black holes and why they appear in the universe?

The theory is the result of my world-building research for the ‘hard’ sci fi novels.


“IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD” OR “SCI FI WRITERS ARE RESPONSIBLE THAT WE HAVE NOT DEVELOPED A WARP DRIVE. HERE IS WHY.”

Date: Feb. 19, 2016

The post explores the relationship between  science fiction and developments in science, and features a video on the mathematical nature of the universe.


“TIME EXISTS ONLY IN OUR CONSCIOUSNESS”: QUANTUM CONSCIOUSNESS THEORY BY HAMEROFF & PENROSE

Date: Jan. 16, 2016

The post features a 10-minute video of S. Hameroff explaining the quantum consciousness theory and covers some ground around it. The video is supplemented with some minor unpacking of the science behind the theory, how the theory was created, and what this theory might offer for the Sci Fi writers.

 

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