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Culturing Science

Inaccuracies in fiction: when is reshaping fact appropriate?

Stories have the power to take us to other worlds, and no genre more so than science fiction and fantasy. But even the wildest fantasy novel has to have some basis in reality; otherwise, most readers become discouraged. (I mean, have you read the Silmarillion?) Science fiction constantly toes the line between fact and fiction [...]

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Culturing Science

Why scientists should read science fiction


Republished with scant edits from the previous iteration of Culturing Science on July 20, 2010. A great blog post about fiction inspiring science by Uta Frith reminded me of this old friend. Hat tip to Princess Ojiaku. I didn’t really grow up reading science fiction.  Sure, I was (and am) completely obsessed with some fantasy [...]

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Illusion Chasers

Neuroscience in Fiction: Nexus (Mankind Gets an Upgrade)

Naam, Ramez (2012-12-18). Nexus (Kindle Locations 5434-5437). Osprey Publishing. Kindle Edition. “Nexus’s ability to satisfy widespread human desires, combined with its innocuous perception, suggests that were the technology to ever enter the mainstream, the genie would prove very difficult to put back into the bottle. Nexus: A Risk Assessment (2033), ERD Library Series, 2039   [...]

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Lab Rat

In another life … I am a fiction writer

I’ve always thought of myself as a writer who likes science  more than a scientist with a passing interest in writing. One of the reasons for this is that as well as writing science and microbiology related articles, I also dabble in fiction. Recently, I managed to not only finish one of my fiction stories, [...]

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Life, Unbounded

The Hole

Hole ((c) C. Scharf 2012)

Every so often in the summer months I allow myself a bit of leeway with posts, because as fun as it is to write about real science, it’s also a lot of fun to write pure speculation. I particularly like speculation that takes extraordinary possibilities about our place in the universe, and cuts them down [...]

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