Top Ten Inventions Predicted by Sci-Fi Authors

by Tripp Bond

  • Geostationary Communications Satellites: In a magazine called Wireless World, famous science fiction author Sir Arthur C. Clarke proposed that one day there would be geosynchronous satellites created for communications purposes. At the time, it was not taken seriously but almost 20 years later it became a reality.

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Tale as Old As Time: How Fantasy Has Changed

by Courtney Vice

We all remember our first fantasy experience. Whether you were binge-reading Tolkien nestled in between the bookshelves at your local library or was fascinated with the mythical world of Harry Potter when you first saw Daniel Radcliffe’s glasses clad face on the big screen, fantasy had a way of slipping a little magic and mystique into our lives without us even realizing. As someone who grew up wanting to be an elf-wizard-barbarian hybrid, I know just how much the fantasy genre can impact one’s life. However, what we rarely think about is how our own magic-less society affects fantasy.  Yes, humble Nord, you influenced these mythical worlds without even realizing it just as they influenced you. Continue reading

Featured Friday! Shelby Londyn-Heath

img_1829-2Shelby Londyn-Heath has been a world-traveler, crossing the Sahara Desert on the back of a salt truck, working on banana plantations in Spain, an oil company in New York, and on coffee farms in Hawaii. She has jumped freight trains across the United States, and she was the proud owner of a beachfront bamboo hut on the Canary Islands. She has worked as a counselor, social worker, and teacher. Continue reading

Review – The Time Machine – HG Wells

Wells, HG - The Time Machine.jpgThe book is written as a frame narrative. The story starts with our protagonist, referred to only as The Time Traveller telling a group of friends about his time-travel device and explains the concept to them. In order to prove it works he activates the device, and the guests are asked to come a week later when they see The Traveller  walking in all messy and exhausted. There the epic tale of his travels begins.

He travelled to the year 802 701 AD, and there encountered small, humanoid creatures called Eloi. He soon finds out that the creatures are friendly, so he goes roaming around only to discover his time machine missing when he returns. Looking about, he decides that the only place it can be is in the pedestal of the nearby statue. He decides to observe the statue, and during the night he spots another kind of creatures, which he finds out are called Morlocks. Observing them, he deduces that they are nocturnal, and that they live underground. Continue reading

The Importance of Fictional Religions

Religions, faiths, cults, and spiritualities (or lack thereof) shape and define our worldviews, personalities, and cultures. If you have ever been to a far off, exotic country then you know that religion is the most important factor shaping its culture. It affects what a culture eats, their music, their architecture, their calendar, and their views on the collectivism/individualism debate. As such, the religions of fictional peoples greatly influence their cultures. To understand a people’s religion is to understand their culture: be they Vikings or Elves, Chinese or Dothraki, real or fictional. Obviously, fantasy literature is sprawling with fictional religions. Understanding them may be the key to aiding you to a better, more intimate acquaintance with the ins and outs of their cultures. Continue reading