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Cosmic Stories Blog

This blog exists to explore conceptions and representations of science or science communication through the medium of fiction. A new blog entry is posted every two weeks. For updates follow me on Twitter @Tiylaya, mastodon, bluesky or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CosmicStoriesSF.

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07 Apr

The Predictability of People

Looking at stories of population manipulation and the statistical predictability of people.

24 Mar

Hearts of Stone

Exploring the discussion of silicon and other mineral-based life in science fiction.

10 Mar

Peculiar Planets

Exploring the peculiarly shaped planets that seem to be a constant fascination for science fiction authors and their readers.

25 Feb

Swords of Damocles

The fiction and threat of swords of Damocles hanging over all our heads - orbital weapons platforms.

11 Feb

Moholes

Exploring Moholes - high profile projects to drill through the Earth's crust.

Tags: Technology, 1960s
28 Jan

Scottish Space

Looking at Scotland's role in space, both in the fiction of the past and in the present.

14 Jan

Venusian Futures

Looking at modern era insights into Venus in science and science fiction

31 Dec 2023

Cytherean Dreams

Looking at early representations of Venus in science fiction

17 Dec 2023

Planetary Protection

Looking at issues of biocontamination and planetary protection

03 Dec 2023

The Echo of Burroughs

Edgar Rice Burroughs was one of the most influential writers of the early twentieth century. But why do his novels still resonate today?

25 Nov 2023

Guest post: What can't you teach with Doctor Who?

A guest post on the educational applications of Doctor Who by Prof. Jan Eldridge

Tags: Doctor Who
19 Nov 2023

Adventures in Time and Space... and Science

Celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of Doctor Who

05 Nov 2023

Super Submarines

Looking at the futuristic underwater craft that appear in fiction - and were particularly popular in the 1960s!

Tags: Technology
22 Oct 2023

Astronavigation

Looking at the problem of navigation in science and science fiction

08 Oct 2023

Plant People

Looking at sentient plant people and their role in science fiction.

24 Sep 2023

Counterweight Worlds

Looking at the science fiction of hypothetical worlds on the Other Side of the Sun.

10 Sep 2023

Exo-Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs! On a spaceship!

27 Aug 2023

Space Elevators

Ever since Jack climbed the beanstock in search of treasures, and likely long before, humanity has dreamed of building an elevator to the stars.

13 Aug 2023

Artificial Gravity

Human beings have evolved in an environment of constant gravity. Here we explore the challenge of artificial gravity in SF

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This blog exists to explore conceptions and representations of science or science communication through the medium of fiction. This includes, but is not limited to, science fiction in literature, film and television, as well as other adventure fiction and their various paratexts. I decided to create this space as a forum in which to present my own views and activities in this area, which are - inevitably - presented from the point of view of an active research astrophysicist, rather than a literary theorist or specialist in communications or media. Nonetheless, I choose to make these thoughts public in case they provide entertainment or interest to others, and in the hope of stimulating conversations in the interface between the realities of our Universe and the ways in which we choose to represent and explore it in fiction. A new blog entry is posted every two weeks. For updates follow me on Twitter @Tiylaya, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CosmicStoriesSF.

Comments are very welcome, including those disagreeing with my views or conclusions, but should be phrased respectfully and will be moderated before posting.

The views and ideas expressed in this blog are my own and do not in any way represent the views of the University of Warwick.