I'm one of those people who's obsessed with outer space. In college I started watching TV shows like The Universe and documentary series like When We Left Earth, and ever since I've devoured anything I can find about the Apollo missions, other planets, spaceships, astronauts, and life beyond our atmosphere. And that extends to science fiction -- particularly… Continue reading My Favorite Things to Watch About Space
Here’s the thing about outer space: we’re not supposed to be there. Nothing about it is conducive to life as we know it. There’s no oxygen and very low air pressure. If we tried to enter outer space without the protection of pressurized suits, being in that vacuum would cause our lungs to rupture and oxygen to leave the bloodstream until we lost consciousness and died of hypoxia. Temperatures in space would either burn us up or freeze us. There is no protection from radiation. There’s also no gravity, without which we would eventually suffer from muscle atrophy and bone loss that would become apparent upon returning to any spinning chunk of rock that does have a gravitational pull. There’s also the vertigo to contend with.
Some people daydream about visiting outer space and seeing the curve of our planet from above its atmosphere, but I can’t. I’m way too…
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When I'm looking for a new nerdy obsession, I typically gravitate towards science fiction more than fantasy. It's a very slight bias, because I love both... but when I'm immersed in a science fiction world, I feel a certain awe for what humans could potentially accomplish. I also hold science fiction authors in great esteem,… Continue reading Science Fiction’s Anachronisms of the Future