[Film Inquiry] Teleportation in Science Fiction and Real Life

This article is part of the Fantasy Science & Coffee column on Film Inquiry [Link to original article] Fans of science fiction are no stranger to the word ‘teleportation’. Each story may have its own style of teleportation, but the premise remains the same: instantaneous movement between far off points in space. Let’s take a…

[Black Mirror S4 E5] The ‘Dogs’ in Metalhead

The episode Metalhead in the fourth season of Black Mirror is in many ways different from other episodes.  The obvious first difference is that is was shot in only black and white, which was pretty fantastic, and made the whole thing more spooky.  But this blog isn’t about tv show aesthetics, so we’re gonna focus on…

[Film Inquiry] The Turing Test in Ex Machina

Published on Film Inquiry on March, 27. If you are even remotely familiar with technology, sci-fi, or the world of computers, you’ve probably heard ‘Turing Test’, even if you don’t quite know what it means.  It is essentially a test to see whether an Artificial Intelligence can mimic human behaviour flawlessly, essentially achieving ‘sentience’. The…

Toolbox: Chain, More Efficient Energy Harvesting

Good science fiction stories make use of interesting hypothetical technology. While it is easy for writers to come up with what each piece of technology does, thinking of how it works in a believable manner is a different ball game.  Every piece of technology requires a plausible power source. Some of the more iconic sources in…

Toolbox: Speeding up Wound Healing with PDVF

Speed healing is a very common factor in fantasy and sci-fi plots.   The ability to quickly recover from wounds may be innate the way it is for Thor and Wolverine, or it may be a form of advanced technology like the dermal regenerator in Star Trek.  While superhuman healing capabilities are still far beyond our reach,…

Toolbox: The EmDrive and Space Travel

Talk of the EmDrive has recently made rounds in the news. The claim is that this new technology can potentially revolutionize  space travel. It is a hypothetical, propellent-less rocket engine that is designed to get its thrust through microwaves, and can potentially attain speeds we’ve not seen before. There’s one thing that needs to be clear: click bait news…

Toolbox: Indestructible Spray

To all post-apocalyptic and science-fiction writers out there: you can totally add indestructible spray to your stories without it sounding like an easy, convenient solution!