Science in Fiction: Why Midichlorians in Star Wars Makes no Sense…

On September 1, 2016, Posted by , In Science in Fiction, tagged in ,, , With No Comments

Don’t get me wrong, I love Star Wars.  I was a little miffed with the latest movie, but I still love the series.  Hell, I even love the prequels, and Lord knows some people really have a beef against the prequels. But one thing that’s kind of bothered me for…

Science in Fiction: Where’s the Alpha Female?

On August 1, 2016, Posted by , In Science in Fiction, tagged in ,,,,, , With No Comments

I read a lot of paranormal romance novels, and especially on Wattpad, quite a few of them involve werewolves, and especially alpha males.  But I can’t help wondering… where’s the alpha female?  After all, if werewolves are designed after actual wolf packs in any way at all, there should be…

Science in Fiction: Jurassic Engineering

I’ve been watching the Jurassic Park series today, so my pet peeves have resurfaced.  Of course, there are the obvious things like how Dr. Grant could possibly know that the T. rex’s vision is based on movement or why such a massive automation project would only have a single programmer,…

Science in Fiction: For the Research Geeks in All of Us

On January 1, 2016, Posted by , In Science in Fiction, With 2 Comments

This edition of Science in Fiction is going to be a little different.  I found myself procrastinating again, like usual, and having not written the article on 12/31 when I told myself I was going to post on the 1st of every month, well… you can see where this is…

Science in Fiction: Genetic Manipulation

Genetics can be very exciting from a theoretical point of view. In fiction, we don’t have to worry about ethics, or the restraints of our time. We can open our minds to the very limits of what the world has to offer, then skip right over the border with a…

Science in Fiction: Physiology of a Werewolf

On September 1, 2015, Posted by , In Research,Science in Fiction,Writing, tagged in ,, , With No Comments

It happens almost every time you’re reading a werewolf book.  At some point, you’re reading along, and the author mentions something about the werewolf’s knees bending backwards, usually mid-shift or something.  I know, enough to make the average reader cringe a little, right?  But for someone with any of the…

Science in Fiction – Faster Than Light Travel

Faster than Light Travel (FTL) has always bothered me.  As a scientist, it makes no sense to me, but it has become a popular trope in science fiction.  Scientifically and mathematically, it doesn’t make sense. I’ll start with some simpler concepts…   Speeds approaching the Speed of Light So, according…

Science in Fiction: Arteries vs Veins

On May 19, 2014, Posted by , In Science in Fiction, With 2 Comments

I read a lot of vampire fiction, so I read a lot of stuff about fangs puncturing femoral arteries and carotids.  I thought I should clarify some about the difference between arteries and veins (and how it affects you paranormal writers in the audience). Arteries Arteries generally contain oxygenated blood,…

Science in Fiction – EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse)

I’m going to largely skip over how to generate an electomagnetic pulse.  Primarily, a nuclear bomb is to blame.  The military might be working on other means, but I sure as hell don’t know about it.   Affects on Electronics I’ve seen movies and TV shows where EMPs were used, and frequently, they…

Science in Fiction: Current Embalming Practices

Kasie Whitener asked: Hi, Danielle. Not sure if this counts as “science” but I’d like to learn more about current embalming practices — like what chemicals and smells would be present in a morgue. Well, a morgue and embalming are two entirely different topics. Morgues don’t use embalming. They’ll smell like…