(Don’t) Ask a Scientist!: The Good, the Bad, and the Accuracy

This post originally appeared on the Unsettling Scientific Stories project blog At the end of March I went to my first science fiction convention: EasterCon. Also known as the British National Science Fiction Convention, now in its 67th year, the convention is given a name that reflects its location or theme each year and for the Manchester EasterCon we had… Read more →

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You gotta make way for the Homo Superior: Mutation, Evolution, and Super Powers on Screen

Recently I went to a fascinating research seminar on the history of the theory of mass extinction and the human fears of and impact on extinction given by historian of biology, Dr David Sepkoski (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin) at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (University of Manchester). It got me… Read more →


In the Heart of the Sea: Bringing the White Whale to the Silver Screen

Will Ron Howard’s new film Moby Dick In the Heart of the Sea be Hollywood’s (and specifically Warner Bros.’s) final attempt to adapt Herman Melville’s epic novel Moby Dick? The film seems to act as proof that it can’t be done; at least not in a way that includes the deep themes, philosophical points, and science of the novel. This… Read more →