Category Archives: science fiction

Old science-fiction and new research agree – paper is mightier than computer

“A paper computer?” said the general. He looked pained. “No, sir,” said Shuman patiently. “Not a paper computer. Simply a sheet of paper. General, would you be so kind to suggest a number?” “Seventeen,” said the general. “And you, Congressman?” … Continue reading

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Fictional choices

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” From conversation between Dumbledore and Harry, at the last chapter of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling I recalled … Continue reading

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CP Violation: what is it and when does it matter?

“Suppose the TV-news suddenly reported one evening that visitors from outer space were planning to land on Earth; that the space travellers have radioed a demand for immediate information about the composition of the Earth. Does it consist of Matter … Continue reading

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Shadow World – an unusual hero’s journey

“If this is about anything, it’s the boundary between creation and madness, art and science, the natural and the artifactual. Characters are fictional although some are inhabited by amalgamated aspects of real people. The science is factual but I insert … Continue reading

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From outer space to a book cover

   “But you are resolved to pursue it right now. Are you ready to gamble on your career, going boldly where no one else cared to go before?” “You paraphrased the wrong movie. I’m neither the first nor the only one … Continue reading

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Science in Fiction

“Remember that you are writing a novel, not a research paper. The story always comes first.” On writing, by Stephen King Okay, the story comes first, but let’s assume that adding some science to the plot can benefit the story. … Continue reading

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