Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Episode 7: The Ill Prepared Ramblings On Wormholes (or Stephen Hawking Would Shoot Us If He Could Hold A Gun)

In the latest episode of The Science Of Fiction Jacob and Isaac both seem a bit punchy. Sure, they could blame the holidays or having to record in Jacob's bedroom with the dog. But it was none of those things. They just weren't prepared.

They attempt to fill an hour talking about wormholes wherein Isaac talks a lot about Star Trek and Jacob makes fun of him. They both forget to discuss the great series Farscape that was very much about wormholes and one of Jacob's all time favorites. Listen at your own risk. It may be a train wreck but hopefully it's an entertaining one.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Episode 6: Another You

Jacob and Isaac are back, this time talking about parallel universes. They also spend some time talking about Isaac's book (available now from Amazon) and Jacob's upcoming short film, Terrestrial. But they try to keep on the subject they came to talk about as much as they can. Sorry for the audio quality. They recorded in Jacob's bedroom.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Parallel Universes - My Doppelgänger is Your Friend



In a parallel universe, right now, you are reading this same article. Well, to be precise it’s not you, it’s your doppelgänger, your counterpart, someone who looks like you and is perhaps you in every way except for small differences.
 
The article the “other you” is reading may be slightly different too, maybe the grammar is different (or better), and maybe the sentence structure is different as well, if not just by one word or even a single letter.

Welcome to the perplexing possibilities of parallel universes. The reasoning for why there might be other universes is diverse, but the idea, however broad, is at its core beautifully simple. Our universe, is but one of perhaps trillions of other realities all of which are branching off from one another.



How this would be accomplished is still being debated and the imperial evidence for other universes is still zero, but perhaps only for now. If mathematical formulas like the kind behind Super String Theory proved correct, the “multi-verse” would be a natural consequence of that.

If the multi-verse is true, then what this would mean is that there are many universes, each with their own history. Some would have histories very similar to our own universe admittedly completely the same except for the placement of a single atom. While others would be so different the laws of physics would be completely strange to us, forever prohibiting the formation of planets, stars, galaxies and life; and others still would possess any possible history range in between.

Another consequence of a multi-verse is that some of these universes would be inhabited by people, some who are just like you, but perhaps only lived different lives. In another reality, you became president, married a super model, won the lottery or became a heroin addict. It really makes you think and perhaps even in some fundamental way thinking about such things make us take stock the decisions we did make in this universe and appreciate the decisions we got right all the more.

Other possibilities exist as well. If other universes prove real we might be able to communicate with its inhabitants, human or otherwise. One suggestion in how this could be accomplished would be the use of gravitational waves as a medium, in a similar way radio waves are utilized in conveying information.

So the question remains, would you communicate with your doppelgänger? Ask him/her how their life turned out, for better or worse? Would you travel to another universe? If so, would you do it for profit or out of curiosity? Or perhaps you would not want to know anything about another universe, its alternate history and the potential horrors lurking there.

Alternate realities have been a staple of sci-fi for many decades going back to even the early days of the Twilight Zone and more recently possessing incarnations such as The One and the Star Trek rebooted franchise. Even the book series I am authoring, Tales of Cydonia, relies heavily on the idea of different histories, alternate realities and even other planes of existence.

So whether or not you believe the multi-verse is real or perhaps for you it just makes good entertainment, fear not! Hollywood will never give up on the idea even if science someday does.
 
 

But who knows, maybe you don’t believe in parallel universe, here in this space and time, but in some far off place, your other self is reading this same or similar article and in that time and place, you do.

Things to ponder…

Sincerely,

Isaac Hulke

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cryptozoology - I Think Big Foot is My Cousin

Out of the 200 established branches of mainstream science the field of cryptozoology seems to be having trouble fitting in. Some would say that is because it is not real “science” to begin with, but of course all of the sciences started out as such, all were at one point on the “fringe” before gaining acceptance.

Remember that annoying idea that the Earth was NOT the center of the universe? Yeah, even that caught on eventually.

For those who may not know, “cryptozoology” is the study and search of animals that are rumored to exist. You have your more colorful examples: Big Foot, Nessie and one of my favorites… the chupacabra (aka the goat sucker), but you also have a treasure chest full of “normal” animals; many of which have been verified and have been added to science’s record of animal kingdom species.

And there still is a lot of work to be done! To date about 1.3 million species have been discovered and cataloged, with another 7.4 million (not including bacteria) left to go according to some estimates. These estimates include all species, not just animals, but it shows that there is plenty out there left to explore. In fact base on the 8.7 total million species on our planet, it has been said it will take researchers another 1000 years before they finish cataloging them all.

OK, but what about Big Foot and the rest like him!? Well, new evidence is always turning up even though FOX News and CNN will not report it because they are too busy reporting who is shacking up with who, who is stealing from who or which politicians are currently lying (try all of them). But there really is new and old evidence out there on the books.

Geneticist and Professor Bryan Sykes recently found DNA evidence for the existence of the Yeti. He concluded that it perhaps was a species that descended from that of an ancient polar bear instead of some kind of ape. This is perhaps what the people where seeing all along. Still, that means the Yeti was real after all, just a little different than what the hype made it out to be. Still just as cool!

But the mother of all cryptids would be Mokele Mbembe, the dinosaur-like creature reported to inhabit the swamps of central Africa. Don’t laugh. The indigenous tribal people have been shown pictures of animals both indigenous to Africa and some that were not. The ones that were not from Africa they had trouble identifying, but when shown a picture of a sauropoda dinosaur, it was identified at least part of the time as “Mokele Mbembe” and regarded with fear.


Many expeditions have been launched in search of the creature with mix results but the stories still persist, going back as far as 1776 when a French missionary witnessed huge footprints allegedly made by the creature. There was even a 1985 movie based on Mokele Mbembe called Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend.

So how can Mokele Mbembe or any other ancient beast still be around after all this time? Good question. In the case of Mokele Mbembe it is said to inhabit the Lake Tele region, one of the most treacherous on Earth and difficult to navigate by humans. But then of course there are many species that have been enduring for millions of years with little change which we don’t give a second thought too: alligators, ants, sharks, jelly fish and even some species of plants…

The coelacanth is another example. It was thought extinct for 400 million years until a near genetic copy of it was found alive and intact in 1938 off the cost of southern Africa. In fact, I have had the privilege of seeing a preserved coelacanth body at the California Academy of Sciences during my visit to that museum in 2010.
 
 
So to all of you out there, who believe in the cryptids, don’t lose the faith! The search goes on, why? Because we humans have the need to explore and many of the cryptids of our world have already been found only giving us the excitement to go on!

Sincerely,

Isaac Hulke

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Learn more about what Isaac Hulke and Jacob O’Neal are up to by visiting any of the links below; including Isaac’s new book series Tales of Cydonia and Jacob’s past and upcoming film projects including Lepus and Terrestrial. And don't forget to check out Lepus now available on the new DVD Death by VHS.

Isaac
http://www.talesofcydonia.com/
https://twitter.com/talesofcydonia
https://www.facebook.com/TalesOfCydoniaBookSeries

Jacob
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Tales of Cydonia - book
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Death by VHS - DVD
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Episode 5: The Many Loves Of The Albino Sasquatch

The boys are back for an extra episode this month. Why? Because they can. they also felt that Cryptozoology was a good topic for Halloween and wanted to talk about it. Cryptozoology, the science of searching for and discovering new species sometimes considered mythical. Jacob and Isaac spend an hour discussing the subject when they don't get distracted.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Episode 4: Farting Through Time

Time Travel; it's one of the most used tropes in the world of Science Fiction. When it comes down to facts vs. the fiction, how much is true? Can you drive 88mph and end up in 1955? Can you enter a blue police box and go hang out with Shakespeare? And what about wormholes? Jacob and Isaac discuss that stuff and more with special guest Ryan Kirkish on the latest episode of The Science Of Fiction.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Episode 3: The Roddenberry/Cronenberg Paradox

Teleportation - The movement of atoms from one place in space and time to another. There are many forms of teleportation. There's the Star Trek method, The Fly method, the Stargate method, even the Nightcrawler method. But what is real and what is fiction? This is what Jacob and Isaac discuss today on The Science Of Fiction. Join them as they try to uncover the truth about one of science's greatest mysteries. Then listen to them shamelessly plug their own creative work - Isaac's book Tales Of Cydonia Volume 1 and Jacob's DVD Death By VHS, both available this month.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Teleportation - Do You Have "Transporter Psychosis"?



Since the early days of modern sci-fi, one of the Holy Grails concerning our hopes for the future always has been to one day possess the ability to transport an object, or even a person, from point A to point B instantly… aka, teleportation.
 
But is it possible? And if it is, is it practicable?
 
The franchise that popularized teleportation the most was Star Trek; which according to lore, teleportation was developed sometime during the 22nd century. But in reality, who knows if teleportation will be ready 150 years from now, or not. Today, in the early 21st century, teleportation has been accomplished, but only on the sub-atomic level, teleporting a whole Federation “away team” is another matter altogether.

Like a glorified fax machine, a teleported object would be scanned, most likely destroying the original, and then transporting the information to the desired location, where an exact copy would be constructed out of the same kinds of atoms, in the same pattern. Assuming the copy was a living organism, it would, in theory, never know that it was not the original, unless told.

On Star Trek, teleportation is accomplished via the “transporter” or the “trans-locator”, as referred to by one species on Star Trek Voyager… But we will spare my co-host Jacob O’Neal’s sanity for now, and not get into the puerility of Voyager at this time... 

 

On Trek it is implied that the person being transporter is moved alone the transporter beam itself, and reconstructed in a different location. In reality, this would be less likely, as the original object would be destroyed, or perhaps preserved during the initial scanning, with a doppelgänger being constructed atom-by-atom in the new desired location. Teleportation is really more of a form of long-distant replication.
 
Yet, it is still fun to imagine that people and things, could be de-atomized here, with the original preserved and reconstructed there… and maybe someday that will indeed be occurring, but maybe not by the 2150s when the crew of the NX-01 Enterprise considered the technology new.

 Teleportation has manifested itself in sci-fi in many ways; everything from Star Trek as stated above, leading us to believe in the amazing possibilities of the future; to the horrific consequences seen in the 1986 movie remake of The Fly; and even in the science fiction and fantasy book series that I am currently writing (Tales of Cydonia), I deal with a form of teleportation in the second installment in the series; in which teleportation is used to travel through both space and time...

But whatever the case may be, teleportation gives us unique possibilities, both good and bad, which makes it very fun to think about.
 
OK, but the real question is, if the societies in the Star Trek universe could develop a transporter/trans-locator/teleporter by the 22nd century; then why has apparently no one developed it in the world of Star Wars, when their super-advanced interplanetary society had been around for 25,000 years by the time Luke Skywalker was born? I mean, instead of having a long drawn out battle against the Death Star, they could have just flown within teleportation range, and “beamed” a nuke into the core of the main reactor! I guess, the rebel alliance preferred to rely on a species of pre-industrial and pre-agricultural woodland bears to defeat the evil empire instead. Which I would have been OK with if Lucas had not taken the totally awesome Ewok victory song out of the end of the original version of Episode VI, replacing it with the total crap “more epic” sounding song in the final scene for the special edition DVD release…

Wait… what were we talking about, oh, right… teleportation.

Whatever the case may be; if the efforts of scientists pursing real-life teleportation produce for good or ill, and prove possible or not, teleportation is a staple of sci-fi. From causing a man to mutate with fly DNA, to being used as a means to transport super heroes even faster around the world as portrayed in The Justice League Unlimited animated show, or accidently creating a Commander Riker doppelgänger as seen in Star Trek The Next Generation, who then went on to join the rebels fighting the Federation as well as the Cardassian Empire; as seen in Star Trek Deep Space Nine… teleportation is here to stay, at least in the land of sci-fi.

And who knows, maybe someday the words of Commander La Forge from Star Trek The Next Generation as he spoke to the OCD ridden Lieutenant Barclay will come true… “Transporting really is the safest way to travel.”

In the meantime, I am going to watch Star Wars again and wonder why after 25,000 years they don’t have replicators or holodecks either…

Sincerely,

Isaac Hulke; co-host of The Science of Fiction with co-host Jacob O’Neal

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Episode 2: Stop Cloning Around!

Cloning. It's a subject that has always interested Jacob and Isaac. For Episode 2, they discuss the history of cloning, they talk about movies dealing with subject and they get off track from time to time.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Cloning - Who Needs It?


Greetings all you humans and sub-humans out there. This is Jacob, one of your hosts of The Science Of Fiction. When Isaac and were nearing the end of The Gorram Nerd Hour Presents: Holodeck Malfunction we were trying to decide what to do next. That was always designed as a limited series. This one is not. Of course, you have to wait a month for new episodes. It's not because we're lazy. Well, I am. Actually, I'm not. I have two other shows and Isaac, up until recently, had two jobs. It was difficult to schedule time to do a weekly show. Plus, this one actually requires research.

When we first talked about doing this show we decided the first episode would be about robots. There were multiple reasons for that. Number one: We both like robots. Number Two: My production company name is Robot Vampire Productions. And Third: Everyone loves robots. When we first set up the format for that first episode it was that we each picked two science fiction writer who talked about robots in their writing. I chose Philip K. Dick and Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac chose Isaac Asimov and Richard Matheson. We talked about their work, their inspiration and how they shaped our views of what is to come as well as the future they envisioned that is now upon us.



With future episodes we will be including more TV and movies as well as writers. For instance, our next episode is about cloning. There is so much to talk about on the subject. In the last few years we have seen sheep cloned, human ears grown on the backs of rats and God only knows what else. On TV we've seen the rise of shows dealing with the subject like Orphan Black. That show stars one woman playing multiple characters, all clones...or are they? In movies we've seen the subject done expertly in films like Moon starring Sam Rockwell. These bring up many moral and ethical questions. Where do we draw the line? Have we already crossed it?



Cloning could be used for so many great things in our society but they could go wrong in the blink of an eye without someone watching what science is doing. And there's always that person or group that will continue to cross the line regardless. This is both good and bad. Many of the scientific breakthroughs we have today are because of Nazi scientists doing horrible things. Should they have done them? Of course not. But would you give up something that was a result of it? It is rumored they were instrumental in creating many safety protocols for pilots due to their testing. They pushed many unwilling subjects to the brink of death to find where the breaking point was. After that they were able to design things we still use in aircraft today. How they it was horrible and wrong. But we used the results and made things better out of it. Could the same be said for cloning? Could crossing that line result in something wholly amazing and life changing? Sure, it could, but at what cost?

These are the questions we look to ask on the next episode of The Science Of Fiction coming August 15th, only on Abnormal Entertainment.

Sincerely,

Jacob O'Neal

P.S. - Look for future episodes about the following -

Teleportation
Time Travel
Cryptozoology
Re-Animation
& many more

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Episode 1: More Human Than Human

Jacob and Isaac, your hosts of The Gorram Nerd Hour Presents Holodeck Malfunction, are back with a new monthly series called The Science Of Fiction. In the first episode, they discuss robots and the sci-fi authors that have inspired scientists to create them.

They discuss the influence of Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Richard Matheson and Arthur C. Clarke and how their writings changed the course of history.

Tune in next month when they discuss Cloning.

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