National Association of Scientific Asshattery

I spent the first two days of the new year at work, so when I was up at absurd o'clock on Sunday, I saw on the news about the Sunday Times' article on Nasa's list of Worst Science Fiction Films [no link - daft paywall] Nasa, deciding that bad science fiction is bad for science, named and shamed the least realistic sci fi flicks and praised the most realistic (lists at bottom). Together with the Science & Entertainment Exchange (SEE), they would like to campaign for more realistic science fiction, to include Nasa specialists and vehicles as "product placements" - in films that it approves. Professor Sidney Perkowitz, member of SEE, has also designed a mark of approval: No scientific ideas were seriously hurt during the making of this movie. I had a long argument with my director friend about scientific realism in movies, based in part on TV Tropes' Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness (though his main problem was that Star...
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Tis the season

A belated Merry Christmas and an anticipatory Happy New Year! Well, Steampunk Assassins isn't yet at its final draft, but let's extend the deadline to New Year and see how it goes. I'm thinking through my entry to Laughing Stock 2011, which we will call The Greenwich Problem. My current dilemma is sub-genre: do I go for Science Fiction or Science Fact? That will determine the content of the comedy and the overall series direction, though the characters and setting are fairly fixed in my mind. And I'm waiting to hear where I could slot into this year's Persona schedule. While we wait, here's a teaser for us all: ...
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