Science Fiction Becomes Reality 08: Genetic Engineering

Test tubes. Designer babies. Whole societies being “engineered” to create people to fill certain roles. This week we’re taking a look at genetic engineering specifically for humans (not other GMOs)…and boy, have we come a long way. Genetic Engineering: The Sci-Fi Version In 1932, Aldous Huxley showed us his idea of a future (the year 2540 …read in detail

Science Fiction Becomes Reality 07: Lightsaber

Anyone who considers him or herself a Star Wars fan knows the sound: THHHWWOOOOOMM. The sound of a lightsaber being weilded. These brilliant energy swords are the hallmark of the never-ending battle between the dark and light sides of the Force. Lightsaber: The Sci-Fi Version Luke Skywalker stares at the weapon Obi-wan Kanobe has just pulled …read in detail

Science Fiction Becomes Reality 04: Suspended Animation

Suspended animation is often used a plot device in science fiction, specifically as a way to transport characters in space. It’s an easy way to deal with the time element of interstellar travel where it takes years to get from one planet to another. Suspended Animation: The Sci-Fi Version A commercial spacecraft is on a return …read in detail

Science Fiction Becomes Reality 02: Heads-Up Touch Display

Our next imagining from the world of science fiction comes from a movie based loosely on a short story by Phillip K. Dick with the same name: Minority Report. Set in Washington, D.C. in the year 2054, where “PreCrime” a police department apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics called “precogs.” Heads-Up Display: The Sci-Fi Version Chief of …read in detail

Science Fiction Becomes Reality 01: Video Phones

Many fans of science fiction love the glimpse of the future this genre gives us. I’m no exception. It’s fascinating to see what authors and screen writers imagine life might be in the future. What’s even more fascinating is that some ideas from science fiction have become reality. Something that was once a far-fetched concept in …read in detail