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The Persistent Neoteny of Science Fiction by Athena Andreadis

“Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can’t talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful.”  – Philip K. Dick

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LORCS Abound by Mike Treder

Continuing our extraordinarily popular series of LORCs (Links Of Required Clicking), we’re back again with a new quartet of links that you simply must click.

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Crossed Genres Interview with IEET’s Athena Andreadis

Athena Andreadis, Associate Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, author of To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek, and IEET Fellow, talks about human-hybrids, werewolves, settling on other planets, and human evolution both past and future in this interview posted at Crossed Genres.

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Eldorado Desperadoes I: Of Mice and Men by Athena Andreadis

About a week ago, the Internet went wild with the announcement that a “fountain of youth” drug had been found that extends life by about 10%.  I picked a site at random and read the report, knowing full well what I would find buried somewhere in the story.  Sure enough, there it was, tucked at the end of a paragraph halfway down: the study was done on mice.

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“Keeping an Open Mind is a Virtue, but not so Open that Your Brains Fall Out.” by Athena Andreadis

– saying attributed to Jim Oberg, space journalist and historian

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Equalizer or Terminator? by Athena Andreadis

Athena Andreadis is guest-blogging at Sentient Developments this month. Years ago, I saw a short in an animation festival.  It showed earth inhabited by men who happily bopped each other and propagated by laying eggs.  A starship crash interrupted the idyll.  Presaging Battlestar Galactica, the newcomers proved miraculously interfertile with the men who handed them the job of propagation along with all other disagreeable chores.  Things went swimmingly, at least for the men, until a rescue ship arrived.  Afte...

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If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution! by Athena Andreadis

(incorrectly but fittingly ascribed to Emma Goldman, feminist, activist, trouble-maker)

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Reflections on the New Star Trek by Athena Andreadis

I assume that anyone not in a silently running nuclear submarine has seen Star Trek reboot (henceforth ST||, for parallel timeline) by now, so I won’t be coy about spoilers.

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Forever Young by Athena Andreadis

Eleven years ago, Random House published my book To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek.  With the occasion of the premiere of the Star Trek reboot film and with my mind still bruised from the turgid awfulness of Battlestar Galactica, I decided to post the epilogue of my book, very lightly updated — as an antidote to blasé pseudo-sophistication and a reminder that Prometheus is humanity’s best embodiment.  My major hope for the new film is that Uhura does more than answer phones.

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BioScientists, Speak Up! by Athena Andreadis

Working feverishly on the bench, I’ve had little time to closely track the ongoing spat between Dawkins and Nisbet.  Others have dissected this conflict and its ramifications in great detail.  What I want to discuss is whether scientists can or should represent their fields to non-scientists.