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July 8, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: an Unexpected Ray of Hope

This summer has been fairly generous as far as movies go. Sure we’ve had Michael Bay’s next explosion-fest “Transformers” movie, but we’ve also had some gems, […]
January 10, 2014

A National Disappointment: Why We Should Care About NASA’s Budget

With the space shuttle having been retired for a while now, I think it is time we examine NASA, its legacy, and its current state.  NASA […]
August 12, 2013

The Final Energy Crisis

The governments of the world today are at a crossroads.  We can either continue to burn through the planet’s fossil fuels or search for new forms […]
August 6, 2013

The Future Back Then

Science fiction holds an interesting position among other genres of storytelling.  It is probably the best barometer for measuring society’s collective mindset.  Where we are going […]
July 22, 2013

Human Machines

The new millennium has brought with it a new wave of technology.  When I was born in the early 1990s, a phone was just a phone […]
June 26, 2013

Are We Unique?

Since mankind first gazed up at the stars, we have wondered if we are alone in the universe.  We have yet to find any definitive proof […]
June 12, 2013

Will Robots Doom Us All?

In fiction today, besides zombies and natural disasters, robots are probably the most timeless popular form of apocalypse.  On a fundamental level, rampant machines represent the […]
June 4, 2013

How We View Space

One of science fiction’s favorite places is outer space.  Many works have offered their own unique interpretations of what space and space travel will be like.  […]
May 29, 2013

The State of Science Fiction

I saw “Star Trek: Into Darkness” the other day.  I walked into the movie expecting a thoroughly decent action flick that would never go very deep […]