Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Sci-Fi Nerd Call to Action!

Calling all trekkies and other assorted science fiction nerds! They're knocking sci-fi over at ScienceBlogs. This cannot be permitted. Science fiction is the best of all possible generes. Science fiction brought us 7 of 9, Princess Leia, Deanna Troi, Jadzia Dax, Queen Amidala, The United Federation of Planets, the deathstar, light sabers, ewoks, Umox, phasers, Yoda... We'll forgive it for Jar Jar Binx. Science fiction also brought us many scientists and science journalists who fell in love with science via its (admittedly inaccurate at times) great stories, awesome adventures, cool toys and badass special effects.

If you love science fiction, go on over and give 'em what for at:

Galactic Interactions
Gene Expression
Adventures in Ethics and Science
The Voltage Gate

Feel free to follow the links they provide to other offenders.

2 Comments:

Blogger Rob the Webkahunah said...

I dunno, toots... their criticisms of the genre are pretty valid. No one ever said that sci-fi was about accurate science.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Melinda Barton said...

But that's the point! Sci-fi isn't supposed to be about accurate science, so they should stop beating up on it. Suspension of disbelief wouldn't be necessary if everything we viewed as entertainment was realistic. I would argue that little if any entertainment is realistic, even the "reality" shows.

They should also appreciate how sci fi gets people involved in the real science. It sparks the imagination and enflames curiosity about what would really happen. And it has enough of basic scientific concepts to be really good PR for science.

10:22 AM  

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