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The Science of Michael Crichton

Science Comes Second in Next

by Phill Joneson the books of Michael Crichton

“The novel is fiction,” Crichton says in Next’s disclaimer, “except for the parts that aren’t.”

In its e-book release of Next, HarperCollins publishers included an interview with Michael Crichton. The interviewer tries to get the author to clarify just how much of Next is true and how much is fiction.

“It’s odd but nearly everything in the book has already happened, or is about to happen,” Crichton replies. “The book does look to the future a bit, particularly with regard to some transgenic animals that become important characters. But for the most part, Next is not really speculative fiction at all.”

Oh, really?

Next is a stew of speculation; it’s only lightly seasoned with true science. Next’s chatty apes, for instance, have a closer kinship to the surgically transformed Beast Men in h. G. Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau than to bona fide genetically engineered animals.

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The Psychology of the Simpsons

Looking for Mr. Smarty Pants

by Dylan R. Keil, Frank C. Keil, Derek C. Keil, Kristi L. Lockhart, Martin F. Keilon The Simpsons

There is virtually no culture, either real or fictional, that does not have experts in different areas of endeavor. In traditional cultures, artisans and craftspeople develop bodies of knowledge that are deeper and better articulated than in the minds of non-experts. In advanced societies such as our own, knowledge specialization … read more»

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The Girl Who Was on Fire

Your Heart Is a Weapon the Size of Your Fist

by Mary Borsellinoon the Hunger Games trilogy

There’s a piece of graffiti on a wall in Palestine. Over the years since it was painted, it’s been photographed by scores of travelers and journalists. It reads:

Your heart is a weapon the size of your fist. Keep fighting. Keep loving.

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So Say We All

Stripping the Bones

by A.M. Dellamonicaon Battlestar Galactica

There are those who believe that being a Battlestar Galactica fan means always having to say “I’m sorry.”

That was how it once seemed.

“It was the helmets,” a friend confided, smirking. “Apollo’s making a parachute drop into a Cylon city and he’s wearing the exact same hockey helmet I had in … read more»

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James Bond in the 21st Century

Bonding...by the Numbers

by Ray Dempseyon James Bond

An early James Bond site, alt.jamesbond, the easiest way to initiate a good argument was to state categorically that (pick a title) was the best Bond movie. There wasn’t a movie, no matter how awful, that wasn’t defended with vigor as being the best; however, without some benchmark of drama … read more»

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