Hello World (and a Tardis Soundscape)

Hello world! I’m a sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast and a researcher in physics. Here, I aim to bridge the gap between science and science fiction. Fantasy Science also appears as a column on FilmInquiry.Com called Fantasy Science & Coffee: You can also find me on Facebook at facebook.com/thefantasyscience. What you should expect: Articles – my thoughts and explanations…

[Film Inquiry] Transfiguration in Harry Potter & Chemistry

This article is part of the Fantasy Science & Coffee column on Film Inquiry [Link to original article] Transfiguration in Harry Potter One of the coolest fields of magic in Harry Potter is that of transfiguration: turning one thing into another. Professor McGonagall quite epically demonstrates transfiguration magic in her class at Hogwarts by turning…

[Writing] Alternative Ending for Doctor Who S11 E4, Arachnids in the UK

I enjoy writing, and have recently started getting into scripts. I don’t generally share my writing exercises, but this particular one is close to my heart because it addresses a recent Doctor Who episode that really, truly bothered me. I’ve proposed an alternative ending to Season 11 Episode 4, Arachnids in the UK. I’d like…

[Film Inquiry] Extendable Ears in Harry Potter

This article is part of the Fantasy Science & Coffee column on Film Inquiry [Link to original article] Fred and George Weasley’s Extendable Ears The Extendable Ears are a clever eavesdropping gizmo invented by the Weasley twins. In the books, they are described as long flesh-colored strings: you stick one end in your ear, and…

[Film Inquiry] Supernatural & EMF Detectors

This article is part of the Fantasy Science & Coffee column on Film Inquiry [Link to original article] EMF Detectors in Supernatural Fans of the TV show Supernatural and other film/tv that involves, well, the supernatural, are no strangers to devices called “EMF detectors”. These are nifty handheld apparatuses that detect changes in electromagnetic fields (EMFs), which…

[Film Inquiry] Aeroponics & Star Trek Voyager

This article is part of the Fantasy Science & Coffee column on Film Inquiry [Link to original article] Aeroponics in Star Trek Voyager A staple of science fiction is space travel, and along with space travel comes the challenge: where will the crew members get their nutrients from on long missions? One of the coolest food preparation…

[Film Inquiry] Faster Than Light Travel In Sci-fi & Real Life Part II

This article is part of the Fantasy Science & Coffee column on Film Inquiry [Link to original article] One of the most captivating science fiction staples is faster than light (FTL) travel. In our last segment of Fantasy Science & Coffee, we chatted about FTL travel in popular science fiction, and what would happen if you were…

[Film Inquiry] Faster than Light Travel In Sci-fi & Real Life

This article is part of the Fantasy Science & Coffee column on Film Inquiry [Link to original article] Faster Than Light Travel in Science Fiction Faster than light (FTL) travel is one of the coolest hallmarks of science fiction. It’s practically essential for stories involving space travel, because of the mind-blowingly vast distances between stars….

[Film Inquiry] Infertility in Science and Dystopian Fiction

This article is part of the Fantasy Science & Coffee column on Film Inquiry [Link to original article] Infertility as a Storyline Rising infertility in fictional dystopian societies is a fairly common, captivating, albeit gloomy, basis for a story. The unfortunate reality is that fertility rates really do appear to be on a decline, as…

[FilmInquiry] Going ‘Sub-atomic’ in ANT MAN

This article is part of the Fantasy Science & Coffee column on Film Inquiry [Link to original article] Resizing Ant-Man The Marvel superhero, Ant-Man, wears a suit that can make him incredibly small or incredibly large at will. At the beginning of the 2015 film, Darren Cross of Futures Lab, describes the science behind it: …a…