This will be the first of several posts that will consider time travel as presented by Harlan Ellison. I’d like to start with one of his most popular works, the “City on the Edge of Forever” episode of Star Trek. The basic plot is that the Enterprise detects a violent time and space disturbance on […]Read more "Time Travel and Harlan Ellison Part I"
Recently while I was on vacation I spent some time working on a new project and was conducting some research on Harlan Ellison. Somewhat to my surprise, I saw that he had died just a few days prior. His death hadn’t gotten much attention and that was the first I had heard about it. I […]Read more "Harlan Ellison"
I suggest that instead of going back in time to kill your grandfather (or any other male ancestor) you get him the perfect gift: a book about all that cool sci-fi he watched while growing up (assuming he ever did grow up! I know just the book: The Physics and Astronomy of Science Fiction by….me! […]Read more "(Grand)father’s Paradox Day"
Although I was very honest about my mixed opinions of the Lost In Space reboot, I was glad to see that Netflix has now committed to a second season, presumably to be out next spring (although Netflix fans know that “seasons” don’t necessarily come in fixed intervals). It will be interesting to see what becomes […]Read more "Netflix Commits to LIS!"
Though a dynamic and eye-catching adventure with some fine acting sprinkled in, Netflix’ reboot of Lost in Space just doesn’t quite grab me. Though I’m interested enough to “tune in” again next season, I don’t think its because of the gripping plot-line. Maybe its because I’m secretly hoping it becomes more like the original? Well, […]Read more "Netflix Gets Lost in Space"
Last week I posted about what the original LIS series got wrong in terms of Physics, Astronomy and some related subjects. Today I’ll talk about what they got right. 1. Non-humanoid intelligent aliens: In just their second show back in the autumn of 1965 they encountered intelligent “bubble-like” creatures. They didn’t speak at all (in […]Read more "Lost in Space: What they Got Right!"
OK, I get it, LIS was a corny and campy show even if it was sci fi. So, maybe I shouldn’t be too punishing to the show for its lapses in astronomy and physics. But some of their blunders were pretty big! Although I loved the show dearly, I hope the reboot does a better […]Read more "Lost in Space: The big blunders!"
If you know me or have been reading my work then you probably know that I’m a fan of the 1960’s Irwin Allen produced sci fi series, Lost in Space. Even though they mostly played for laughs after the first season, and may have even made a willful effort to ignore anything like scientific laws […]Read more "Lost in Space Reboot"
If you’re like me, then there’s hardly an alternate universe story that you don’t like, even if there are some scientific inaccuracies or plot holes (Lost in Space) and questionable production values (vintage Doctor Who). So, I’ve been keeping an eye out for such stories, especially new ones, and not, say, Star Trek Discovery’s new […]Read more "Hey Dude, Where’s My Universe?: Counterpart and Cloverfield"
Towards the end of the year you may have heard about the recent discovery of the strange asteroid-like object dubbed Ouamuamua. This object is about 400 meters long, but only a few meters wide, so unlike most asteroids, it’s highly elongated. Its very high speed (some estimates seem to be in the range of 200,000 […]Read more "Ouamuamua and Space:1999?"