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Exploring the future of science today, while looking back on the achievements from yesterday. Science fiction is science future.

Will Stape3 years ago
Digital Drugs: The Future of Pain Relief Is Electronic
Could your Apple Watch do double duty as a pain relief device? Maybe the next incarnation of the fitness tracker, The Fitbit, will be the go-to tech to help you endure your torn leg muscle from joggin...
Michael Medeiros3 years ago
Ice World Truckers
Friday, February 22nd 2115, 1413 Hours. Galactic Industries Fuel Depot 3.Orbiting Saturn’s moon Titan. Jax sat at the controls of the Earth Cargo Union hauler, Mari Kait. “Are the docking clamps ready...
Sarah Quinn3 years ago
Heart-Rending Poems for Sci-Fi Fanatics
Distant relatives to the familiar "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," these sci fi poems are raw, real, and sometimes almost too close for comfort. They blur the line between speculation and reality in t...
Space
In a recent Omni article, "New Words Were Needed," I looked at some of the commonalities between modernism and science fiction. After inventorying some of the ways science fiction transposes modernist...
DS Peters3 years ago
Zero Tolerance
‘So this is how it ends,’ he thought as two large soldiers lifted him from behind and pushed him against the door of the transport ship. ‘How did it come to this? And so quickly?’ “Remember to turn of...
Sarah Quinn3 years ago
The Space Museum Lover's Bucket List
One of the best things about going to a space museum is sharing the experience with astrophile friends and family who are as ready to nerd out as you are. If space shuttles, planetariums, lunar rocks,...
DS Peters3 years ago
A Catalytic Life
I will awake as the sun rises just high enough to shine through my bedroom window and warm my face. The timer I have set to match the sunrise and automatically update with the changing seconds of ever...
Sarah Quinn3 years ago
The Sci-Fi Museum Lover's Bucket List
If you’re a true fan of science fiction, whether campy or classic, space opera or speculative fiction, Star Trek or Jules Verne, you probably can’t get enough of the worlds your favorite characters in...
Jacob Frommer3 years ago
Orwell's 1984 Was Optimistic
When George Orwell wrote his most famous, and last, novel, 1984, it was against a backdrop of rising fascist totalitarianism in Europe. Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Franco, all turned their respective d...
Dan Swindlehurst3 years ago
An Apple a Day Keeps the Algorithms at Bay
Stop right there. Yes, you. Stop! This is your future self, and I’m here to warn you. I can see what you’re doing, you’re reaching for that delicious chocolate bar aren’t you? Don’t do it. They’re wat...
New Words Were Needed
I spent the past semester teaching two separate courses— one on science fiction, the other on modernism— to some very bright high school students. Having expected to suffer some intellectual whiplash ...
Brian Switek3 years ago
Who Will Survive the Next Biotic Crisis?
While the next biotic event is probably not in the near future, fossil records clearly testify that extinction is an unavoidable fate for all species. The real question remains: what is left in the wa...
DS Peters3 years ago
Unasked Questions Concerning Artificial Intelligence
With more and more of our attention being drawn towards discussions on the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI), everyone is knocking on the doors of our pre-eminent physicists and tech experts (...
Chris Lites3 years ago
Why 3D Printing Will Change the World
1984, Orwell’s prophetic year of Big Brother, saw the release of the Mac which broke the idea that centralized control could ever be what it was before. That year also saw the first workable prototype...
Futurism Staff3 years ago
Ghosts Amongst the Stars
The old man sat on the rock near the top of the small hill as he had for many years now and watched the first stars begin to peek out of the deepening purple sky. The boy at his side, watched solemnly...
George Gott3 years ago
Freeman Dyson's Vision of the Future
Professor Freeman J. Dyson has been discussing mind-boggling concepts in a calm, matter-of-fact, one-should-expect way since 1956. 'One should expect that within a few thousand years of its entering t...
Chelsea Pullano3 years ago
Is Technology Making Us Dumb?
It won’t be long before computers can think faster and better than humans. Artificial Intelligence exists, and it is getting smarter at an incredible rate. As so many focus on how well machines can th...
DS Peters3 years ago
Liu Cixin's 'The Wandering Earth'
In Liu Cixin’s novella, The Wandering Earth, hope is a viscous substance clinging rather tenaciously to the remnants of humanity. At times, it seems as if this is the only theme running an even course...