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Dune, the Science Fiction standard

 

Frank Herbert

Just what kind of person does it take to write what could arguably be Science Fictions greatest work? For starters Frank Herbert ran away from home in order to escape poor living conditions and went on to lie about his age after graduating high school in order to get his first job with a newspaper called Glendale Star. Later he would join the U.S. Navy as a photographer for six months until he was given a medical discharge. Before becoming a full time writer Frank Herbert would’ve worked various jobs including: TV cameraman, radio commentator, oyster diver, wilderness survival instructor, creative writing teacher, reporter, editor of several newspapers, and speechwriter for a senator. Talk about a resume, I have enough trouble making pop tarts!

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History behind Dune

After reading this masterpiece for myself I got to thinking, how on earth did Frank Herbert conceptualize this vast and captivating universe? Well as it turns out, Dune was six years in the making before it was ever complete! I’d say those six years were well invested considering the outcome! So in 1959 Mr. Herbert was researching a story that had mentioned the US department of Agriculture was attempting to stabilize shifting sand dunes near Florence, Oregon by introducing European beach grass. Strong winds would blow the sands east and bury everything in their path. He even hired a light aircraft to survey the land and became fascinated by the idea that it might be possible to engineer or tame an ecosystem by introducing the right species (the European Beach grass). This thought process clearly manifests itself as the long term mission of the Fremen people in the novel Dune. They’re the indigenous and resourceful people of the desert whose main goal is to slowly terraform most of their planet into lush green landscapes so water won’t be as scarce but alas, I digress. The fact that Dune even took off was something of a miracle, see Dune was much longer than most of the commercial science fiction of the time and publishers were skeptical to publish it. In fact Dune was rejected by nearly twenty different publishers; Chilton Book Company (known mainly for its auto-repair manuals) would end up making Frank Herbert an offer to publish his book. Although Dune wasn’t immediately a best seller, it would gradually gain momentum selling over 12 million copies and later winning the Nebula and Hugo Award which are probably the most sought after awards a science fiction writer can win.

Star Wars and Dune

Probably one of the most influential, if not the most influential, science fiction masterpiece in history is Star Wars. There are few who’ve never heard the name before and it’s universe and stories live on and continue to grow since Disney acquired the rights to it (for better or worse). After reading Dune though, it’s easy to see perhaps how Star Wars (at least episode 4) had been influence by Herbert Frank’s novel. That’s right, it’s fair to say George Lucas borrowed at least a few things from the Dune universe. In one of the Dune reviews I read at theguardian.com they go so far as to say Dune’s film was called Star Wars.

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“Actually, the great Dune film did get made. Its name is Star Wars. In early drafts, this story of a desert planet, an evil emperor, and a boy with a galactic destiny also included warring noble houses and a princess guarding a shipment of something called “aura spice”.”

But those weren’t the only examples, the Bene Gesserit, who are a specially trained line of mostly women who possess great mental powers, can in fact be compared to the powers and prowess of the Jedi, there was even “moisture farming” on Tatooine (I mean come on). That being said, I’m not bashing George Lucas or Star Wars. I’m a fan of the series and Frank Herbert seemingly wasn’t mad enough to sue. In fact he and a couple other science fiction writers who thought they had ideas ripped from them formed a joke organization called “We’re Too Big to Sue George Lucas Society.” Just to be clear Frank Herbert did enjoy a great degree of success with his books later in life.

Overarching theme

Dune is set in a future where artificial intelligent machines have long since been destroyed in a bloody, drawn out war (there’s actually a trilogy prequel about it). In order to make up for this lack of technology, there are some humans who are genetically altered for specific tasks. Take the Mentat for instance, they are made to be experts in espionage and analytics and are basically walking super computers. Any political powerhouse, emperor, or duke of any importance has one (it’s what all the cool people do). The setting of Dune is on a desert planet called Arrakis where the most valuable substance in the universe is found, an addictive spice that is very dangerous to gather due to skyscraper sized sand worms that roam below the desert floors feeding on anything that moves. Dune covers many topics like political power struggles, family feuds, espionage, betrayal, redemption, internal conflict, and moral dilemmas. When I first picked it up I thought it’d take me forever to read it because I don’t have time to read as much as I’d really like but I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I got through it. This one is definitely worth picking up if you don’t already own it, I own two copies (paperback & ebook).

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Super powers and dilemmas

One thing I loved about this book is how it approached our main character Paul. Paul is a son of a duke (his father) and a Bene Gesserit (his mother, remember the Jedi women) and he eventually awakens a power within himself that allows him to see the future as potential streams of time. In essence he can basically see how certain courses of actions will have different effects on the future and can navigate through them to see what happens. Sounds pretty over powered? Well his powers come with some flaws. First is that every so often he reaches a critical point in his life where the future is fuzzy and can’t see past a certain decision which means if he grows too reliant on his powers he’ll lack the ability to make decisions using normal analytical skills. Second, his powers seem to be reliant or rather enhanced, by this addictive spice from Arrakis, so the more he’s exposed to it (and rest assured, he’s exposed) the more “tolerant” he becomes of the spice, requiring heavier concentrated doses in order to reach a certain effect. Lastly, our hero sees a future where, because of his powers, people are willing to fight a full out religious war across the galaxy for him. Well Paul isn’t really keen on spreading galaxy-wide death and destruction so he is constantly using his powers to try and find the future path(s) that will allow him to get what he wants with minimal violence if it can be avoided. This was an interesting dynamic because I love superheroes, anime, and manga and I don’t often see having superpowers and their implications being internalized by their wielders in most cases. Having a character like Paul, who clearly had moral dilemmas about wanting to and using his powers in order to achieve his goals was incredibly entertaining and interesting.

Interesting facts

After reading Dune and researching a little about Frank Herbert himself, I was fascinated to find out he never was able to finish his series because he passes away. See Frank Herbert had written six books in the Dune universe and the sixth (although I’ve yet to read it) leaves off on a big cliff hanger. As a science fiction fan myself I can only imagine the dismay Dune readers must’ve felt knowing they would never receive the closure they wanted…or would they. See one day after Frank Herbert’s son, Brian Herbert, and Kevin Anderson had been writing other prequels in the Dune universe to much success Brian received news that would change his world. The Herbert estate lawyer had called Brian to tell him he had found a key to a safety deposit box from his father! Would you just take a guess what they found when they opened it more than ten years after Frank’s death? That’s right, a full and complete outline for the last installment of Dune! All the notes Frank had written on how he wanted the series to end were their! Now of course you could make the argument that the story wouldn’t be as good because it wasn’t Frank himself writing the novel, but even with the notes up to interpretation by Brian and Kevin at least readers could finally get some closure on how the series was intended to end. It was almost as if fate itself was giving permission to these two writers to finish what Frank Herbert had started.

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Why Pi day is awesome

Today is the day we’ve come full circle (like every other year) to celebrate the brilliance of the mathematical discovery of Pi. The first known large-scale celebration of Pi day was in 1988, coincidentally the same year I was born. Presumably, this explains my exceptional(ly poor) mathematical skills. Thanks to the physicist Larry Shaw, who ingeniously (obviously) chose the celebration date for Pi day to be on March 14th,we now have at least two excuses a year to indulge ourselves with way too much of this circular treat.. Yeah, you read that right; here in the US we have not one, but two yearly celebrations of pie. The second one is January 23rd, in case you’re wondering. But enough about Pie though, today is Pi day after all.

Although not everyone agrees, some people claim the Egyptians were among the first to use a close approximation of pi (22/7) as early as 2500BC. Both Egypt and Babylon have the earliest written estimations of pi within one percent which leads one to wonder why the pyramids were not pie shaped. Evidence found in Babylon and Egypt included a clay tablet and the Rhind Papyrus which both date back to approximately 1900 – 1600 BC.

And then there was Archimedes. His geometric approach really shaped the way mathematicians calculated pi for centuries. Good ol’ Archimedes drew a circle with a hexagon on the inside and outside of the circle. He then created similar drawings with polygons up to 96-sides, using these many sided polygons to estimate the value of pi. The only way Archimedes was getting around these polygon perimeters was with cold, hard calculations. The more sides his polygon had, the closer Archimedes could get to the true value of pi. These polygonal algorithms would be used for over 9,000…excuse me, over 1,000 years. But Archimedes’ shapely math continued to be relevant in our millennium. In 1630, mathematicians were able to use Archimedes’ algorithm to reach 39 digits of pi.

Pi Archimedes

Bonus pun (RYOR – read at your own risk):

Q: You know what a circle is made out of?

A: Plenty of Archs.

The Top 3 Most Outlandish Present Day Pi Day Celebrations

1. A night of Pi-fect joy

In 2013 on pi day, Cal Tech students had their own late night (or early morning) pie eating pi party. These calculating students spared no calculator in computing a night of pi-fection. 130 pies were laid outside the student housing with 26 each of five pies. These math wizards planned on 3/14 at 1:59 a.m. to have the amount of pies they made all to equal the first five digits of Pi, 3.14159265.

2. Religiously Pi

At the San Francisco Exploratorium, math geeks got to march around the Pi shrine 3.14 times. Attendees choose between singing praises to the math god or singing happy birthday to Albert Einstein whose birthday coincidentally falls on Pi day (let the conspiracies begin). This Pi parade of sorts was led by Larry Shaw, the physicist responsible for turning Pi day into a national phenomenon.

3. Multi-tasking with Pi

As if rivaling Archimedes’ computational acrobatics, a woman named Teresa Miller recited the first 450 digits of pi while simultaneously solving a rubix cube and hula hooping in 2010. And I thought rubbing my stomach and patting my head at the same time was hard enough!

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We finally have a trailer for Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation, and it looks incredible!

After I read Borne: A Novel I was informed that Jeff Vandermeer would be doing a reading and book signing close by. Admittedly it was my girlfriend who even suggested I read Borne and try a different author since I had been only reading Orson Scott Card novels. I couldn’t have been happier that I made the decision to branch out. If you want to know more about Borne, I wrote a review a while back. Click here to read it.

At Mr. Vandermeer’s signing I was able to pick up a beautiful hardcover copy of the Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation; Authority; Acceptance. I had heard from some of the other guests that he had a book being turned into a film which happened to be the first book of the trilogy. It’s been about seven months since I purchased the trilogy and, full disclosure, I haven’t gotten to it yet. (I’m building a highly diverse antilibrary.) My leisure reading has lessened with the busyness of the holidays, and I’ve made some promises to read a few other books before I get into this trio. Nevertheless, I can always count on my wonderful girlfriend to point me in the direction of some great Sci-Fi (it’s like she knows me or something). I watched the trailer and immediately had to pick my jaw off the floor. For those who haven’t seen it, here it is in all its glory:

Now I’ll be the first to admit, since I haven’t read the book yet I’m not too familiar with the universe Jeff Vandermeer has created in this trilogy. Anytime a sci-fi book gets turned into a film I watch it. I’m not one of those people that always says, “The book was better.” I always try to give a film the benefit of the doubt. That’s why I enjoy them whether or not I have read the book. After I watch the film then I’m able to dive into the book with a concept of the premise but will get a much deeper understanding of the universe, characters, and overarching tone. After watching this trailer, I am pumped and ready to watch the film and read the book!

For those of you who’ve read my post on Ender’s Game you know that the movie is what got me interested in the series. I want to know what you guys think: will you be watching Annihilation? Have you read the book yet?

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Top 10 SciFi short stories for people in a hurry!

I didn’t choose the highway life, the highway life chose me. Since I spent an enormous amount of time on the road driving to and from work, being able to listen to short stories makes it simple to stay on top of my reading. Most of these SciFi shorts have an audio version from the always excellent Clarkesworld Magazine. That being said, this month’s list features stories from the good old hard copy anthology, The Big Book of Science Fiction, edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer. Definitely worth picking up if you love Science fiction but want it in easily digestible, expertly curated chunks. Anyway, enjoy this month’s top 10 SciFi shorts and let me know which is your favorite below.

Short Stories You Should Read This December

  1. The Significance of Significance by Robert Reed

In this short, scientists have discovered and proven something we’ve all be speculating—that we are living inside a simulated realty. This short tackles a lot of the moral conundrums facing humanity if they knew this to be true. The protagonist, Sarah, makes some interesting decisions based on this knowledge that lead her to follow a morally questionable life, but given the information humankind knows, are her actions truly despicable?

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  1. Last Chance by Nicole Kornher-Stace

In this post-apocalyptic tale, much of human technology is gone and the rest is now scavenged for because of its value. Our protagonists, a young girl and her mother, get separated by raiders who enslave children and force them to scavenge small and dangerous areas. The children sometimes compete among themselves to find the best stuff so they will get preferential treatment and bigger portions of food. What happens when the child stumbles across something extremely valuable but inexplicable? Could this be her key to freedom?

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  1. Forever Bound by Joe Haldeman

Sometime in the near future, a war breaks out. The US inevitably reinstates the draft and even graduate students aren’t safe from military service. The protagonist is forced into a special infantry unit operating mechanized fighting machines called “Soldier Boys” (no, not the rapper). All operators have to learn how to be “jacked” (plugging into other team members’ and the machine’s own consciousness). The intrusive process connects you intimately with your entire team exposing all your deepest secrets, thoughts, and wishes. To complicate matters, Halderman’s protagonist falls in love with one of his fellow team members. Halderman’s story explores the dangers of overuse of technology on a deep level. Can technology actually deepen our connection to other individuals, leading to an unhealthy attachment to one person?

Text version: here

Audio version: here

  1. Travelers by Rich Larson

Think the movie Passengers if Chris Pratt was a demented cannibal and you have the short story “Travelers.” When the protagonist is awakened from “torpor,” she quickly realizes something is off about the only other awakened crew member. What is he planning and why? This is a short and suspenseful read that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Text version: here

Audio version: here

  1. The Ways Out by Sam J. Miller

In a mutant-filled world reminiscent of the X-men universe, the government has taken some very serious precautions to keep “mutants” in check. Utilizing state-of-the-art surveillance algorithms, they can predict where you’ll be and extrapolate whether you’ll be a future threat based on an individual’s special abilities. The meeting of two specific mutants with very unique abilities and a dash of cunning however, might just be enough to trick the system and allow them to wrench themselves free of their shackles.

Text version: here

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  1. A Modest Genius by Vadim Shefner

Translated by Matthew J. O’Connell

Our main character, Sergei Kladesev, is a natural born genius. More often than not, he can solve his own issues and humanity’s using his own inventions. Despite his miraculous inventions he still struggles to find fulfillment in life chasing love in all the wrong places, or rather wrong people. When he finally finds someone whom he has a romantic interest in, his inventions end up ruining the opportunity. Will our uncharismatic but well intentioned genius get a second chance?

You can find this short in “The Big Book of Science Fiction” edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer

  1. Retrieval by Suzanne Walker

Retriever refers to a job class that finds tormented souls and returns them to where they belong so they can be at peace. In this short our main character works as one of these retrievers helping souls  find their way back to the afterlife. This is more easily done when a soul dies on a planet, but when a soul perishes in the void of space it undergoes the worst kind of torment. The protagonist learns that her father was executed by a tyrannical governing body called the Protectorate in this void of space. How will she find her father’s soul and more importantly will it come willingly back to planetside?

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Audio version: here

  1. Swarm by Bruce Sterling

Sometime in the future when humanity has begun to explore space, humans encounter alien races waiting for human technology to develop sufficiently before making contact. During that time humankind has divided into different factions. The Mechanists have given up their humanity to integrate themselves more and more with machines and the Reshaped which are genetically altered to be highly intelligent and efficient. Sterling’s protagonist, Captain-Doctor Afriel, has been tasked with studying a newly discovered species called the Swarm which seem to be the first “unintelligent” life to travel space. With the ultimate goal of learning something from the swarm that could give the Reshapers an edge against the Mechanist, Afriel gets to work trying to understand these creatures but quickly finds out that he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

You can find this short in “Big book of science fiction” edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer

  1. Prasetyo Plastics by D.A. Xiaolin Spires

In the not-so-distant future a genius named Ali begins his career in the 3D printer world as a plastics engineer. Although there are many competing materials, plastics are clearly overtaking the industry because even hobbyists can purchase basic equipment to get started 3D printing at home. Imagine humanity debating over the use of plastic as it pollutes the environment while Ali is further innovating and creating plastics that can be used for space travel and protect against solar radiation. Sound familiar? What would happen when your invention starts to form a sentience of its own? A thought provoking short with clear parallels to today’s environmental struggles, “Prasetyo” is a fantastic story for anyone looking to read the latest in environmentally conscious sci-fi.

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Audio version: here

  1. Martian Blood by Allen M. Steele

Humans have finally done it, they colonized Mars. After discovering there were already indigenous people living on the red planet, humanity builds casinos and luxury hotels, of course. Steele’s story is told from the point of view of a local guide named Jim. For the right price, Jim can take eager tourists through the deserts of Mars with the hopes of meeting its native inhabitants. Jim’s upcoming client is a professor and researcher in astrobiology who wants to collect blood samples from the natives in order to prove or disprove the panspermia theory. What conflicts might arise if the theory is proven to be true (if the inhabitants of Mars are shown to be descendants of Earthlings)?

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Audio version: here

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10 Must read Sci-fi short stories for July

While some of you are vigorously burning belly fat in preparation for summer and getting your beach body ready, I’ll be running across the state (several times). Between juggling work, playing stepdad to the world’s most wonderful little scientist (Neil DeGrasse Tyson knows kids are natural scientists), and doing my best to be a great partner to the love of my life, I still have to make an effort to get in my SF reads (well in most cases listen(s?)). I want to share 10 SF short stories that I enjoyed reading and/or listening to. They’re not in any particular order but they’re all entertaining. It’s worth noting the majority of these stories come from ClarkesWorld podcasts because they’re convenient when I’m on the run. I definitely recommend you check them out!

 

  1. Conglomerate by Robert Brice

Sometime in the future where humans are looking for habitable planets, technology has allowed a group of travelers to form a collective consciousness with which to best serve humanity. The group consists of a physicist, mathematician, linguist, critic, judge, soldier, negotiator, in addition to another member named Redondo who seems to be the initial cause of some conflict. This story poses some interesting moral and ethical dilemmas while painting beautiful cosmic visuals and the technology imagined is fun to think about.

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  1. Waiting Out the End of the World in Patty’s Place Cafe by Naomi Kritzer

Kritzer creates a world much like our own except there is a large asteroid heading to earth and there’s nothing that can be done about it. Kritzer expertly plays with our value system and sentimentally explores how some people might want to spend their last moments.

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  1. Assassins by Jack Skillingstead and Burt Courtier

“Assassins” is set in a future where the majority of people immerse themselves in a virtual world where they can interact with one another much like a modern day MMO except in this world, there are celebrities. Our main character is somewhat of a reclusive person who expertly finds these celebrities inside the virtual world in order to assassinate them. Of course players respond but when a celebrity is killed it does something to them that they never recover from (maybe their ego is brought down). Skillingstead and Courtier bring an interesting point that by killing many celebrities the Assassin becomes somewhat of celebrity as well. This short is to “die for.”

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  1. A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie-Min Prasad

In what is possibly one of my favorite short stories, Prasad sets the stage in the near future where underground black markets print meats for restaurants struggling to provide an “authentic” meat experience. Of course printing meats and passing it off as the real thing is a form of forgery which is illegal. Our main character Helena normally keeps a low profile, only accepting small jobs she’s cautious not to get too ambitious since she has a somewhat “ambiguous” past. When a wealthy mystery client uses Helena’s past to blackmail her into fulfilling her largest order yet, she is forced to recruit some help.

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  1. Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu

After asking my girlfriend why there was a pile of used tissues so tall Mt. Everest would be jealous, she responded by telling me I had to read this story. “Paper Menagerie” is not just heart-wrenching and sweet, it gives Toy Story 3 a run for its money—Liu’s masterful short story sits at that delicate edge of speculative and literary fiction. It’s a good thing I buy tissues in bulk, you may need to as well.

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  1. Wanting by Jenny Fan Raj

Raj takes a simple story and transforms it to make a great surprise ending. It starts with an intriguing meeting between a wealthy investor and a hungry entrepreneur promising to deliver people nirvana and only becomes more complex from there. I can’t say much more without giving away key plot elements. Read at your own risk.

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  1. The Weight of an Artificial Soul by Malakhai Jonezs

Jonezs’ story is an exploration about human interactions and relationships with artificial intelligence. This thought-provoking read asks about emotions specifically “what is love?” Our main character, Solomon, has his own personal “female” AI named Elise who acts more like his lover. Through his interactions with Elise you see Solomon struggle with how he feels for a machine and how that is even possible? Will he come to terms with his “human” emotions?

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  1. Checkerboard Planet by Eleanor Arnason

In the universe of “Checkerboard Planet,” Artificial intelligence travels around the universe observing intelligent life with minimal intervention, opting to be a benevolent force. Arnason’s AI love to study and help intelligent life, for example they gave humans FTL drives. Since they are so draw to the study of intelligent life, when they find a malicious company illegally harvesting genetic information from life on a new and unique planet they decide to ask for Lydia’s (our main character) help.

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  1. Take Your Child to work day report by Maya Beck

Experimental in format, focuses on a world where time travel is possible and how its access is determined by socio-economic status. Like most time traveling stories, this one leaves you with more questions than answers.

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  1. Interchange by Gary Kloster

In a future where companies can enter a “timeless limbo” to complete projects that would take months in literally seconds, they discover there might be risks associated with entering the timeless purgatory. Interchange is a suspense driven thriller that keeps you hooked until the very end.

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Note: Wanting and Take your child to work day report are both from Obra Artifact issue 2 and now costs $1 to purchase. When they first release an issue it’s normally free to access until the next issue comes out. I make no money from the sales of Obra Artifact issues.

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Centrifugal force space stations closer than you think

So I wrote a review on what I thought about Ender’s Game here and one thing I mentioned is some of the technology and science that the book and movie showcased. Of course if you read the title you probably guessed that we’re talking about, the battle school space station and how it creates artificial gravity using Centrifugal force. Before I get into this, let me preface this blog by saying Ender’s Game is in no way the first Science fiction story to talk about or use artificial gravity let alone the Centrifugal force method of creating said gravity BUT it was the first time I saw it and started taking an interest in it.

I think one of the simplest ways to explain centrifugal force is with an experiment we did in elementary school with a bucket of water (do they still do experiments in elementary school or am I dating myself?). Does anyone else remember taking that bucket of water and spinning it over your head in a circle as fast as you possibly could? Did anyone else let go and hit someone with the bucket? Me either but what I do remember is that when I spun the water over my head not a drop fell out of the bucket as long as I spun it fast enough. That’s because spinning it in a circle like that forced all the water to stay at the bottom of the bucket, basically the force I created spinning that bucket was an artificial gravity keeping the water on the “floor” of the bucket. If you want more information on Centrifugal force click here, more in depth and scientific.

Just like the water in the bucket, battle school in Ender’s Game would’ve been spinning in a circle and the people on it would be like the water in the bucket, keeping their feet on the ground by the force of the spinning motion. Of course scientists have been thinking of ways to create artificial gravity in space for a while now and frankly, it’s something we’ll need to figure out if we want to travel further into space since the human body loses a lot of bone density if there is no gravity. Well it turns out NASA has been researching this problem for some time now, since at least April 2005 to be exact. In its heading NASA Gives Artificial Gravity a New Spin (got to give props to the pun) they talk about how they were basically putting test subjects on a bed to simulate weightlessness, and some of them would get spun for an hour a day at a force great enough to generate 2.5 times as much gravity as Earth. The purpose of the tests of course is to see just how much less bone deterioration occurred in the test subjects who experienced the gravity. Pretty darn neat right?

You can see here that test subjects might find themselves feeling a little down (see what I did there?) Click the picture for the whole story from NASA.

 

Okay but that was back in 2005 right? Is there anything related to centrifugal space stations that are more …recent? As a matter of fact there is! According to an article written by Dailymail.co.uk, suspiciously also in April 10 years later, there is a company called United Space structures that wants to create the first spinning station that I’m sure will turn some heads (cough cough). Basically they want to make a small version first as proof on concept (which they claim can be done in 12 months) and then they would get started on their final design which would be 330ft in diameter and 1,310ft long. As soon as production starts it would only take 30 years and $300 billion dollars, which in all seriousness doesn’t seem that bad considering what it accomplishes.

muchroom station

www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3030087/Could-300-billion-space-mushroom-replace-ISS-Giant-rotating-station-create-artificial-gravity-astronauts.html

At 1,310ft long it’s not just a Mushroom looking station, it’s a muchroom one…(I hear the crickets now)

Basically what I’m trying to say is Ender’s Game battle school (or at least a space station that generates gravity like it) is not too far off in the future, and if that doesn’t excite you all I can say is Geez (as in Gee forces :P)

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My first blog post wasn’t first

So apparently I circumvented the “first blog post” by not introducing myself …I beg your pardon dear reader(s). My name is Mauricio, owner of Scienceislyfe. My intention with this is to write about Science fiction books and movies I digest and let you know my thoughts. Although I’ll probably talk about plot, my main focus will in all likely hood be the technology and science in the books and movies.

I also want to talk about advances in science that I find interesting (that could be a broad range). I may even write a section that talks about science and politics so you know which candidates or policies are helping advance or hinder humanities advancement in sciences. My number one goal is to hopefully awe and inspire anyone reading these posts to become more interested (and maybe involved) in science. The more we learn the better all our lives will be.

So sit back and enjoy the reading, live a little and click a little and hopefully every time you visit, you’re a little smarter.