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To c or not to c: Physics in Science Fiction Writing

Date: 20th February 2020
Time: Lecture starts at 19:00, FREE tea & coffee available in LJ foyer from 18:00
Location: LJ1.75, Lennard Jones Laboratories, Keele University, ST5 5BG
Speaker: David Wilkinson (Visiting Fellow at Nottingham Trent University)
Title: To c or not to c: Physics in Science Fiction Writing

Abstract: Science fiction has long been divided between authors who try to get all the physics right and those who abandon any pretence at considering real-world science at all. This lecture looks at some of those who tried and considers both how well they did and the innovative ideas they have come up with for future physics and technology. Examples including Le-Guin’s quantum-entanglement communications, Asimov’s robots, Reynolds’ consequences of the Twins Paradox and Niven/Pournelle’s use of an Orion propulsion system. Many others are discussed along with some of Wilkinson’s own ideas. And of course, there is the perennial question in space-based future fiction – whether faster-than-light travel is permitted. To have >c or <c? That is the question…

Cost: FREE!

These talks are open to everyone and are sponsored by the West Midlands Branch of the IoP.

Organised By
IoP West Midlands Branch (Keele Centre)
Date/Time
20 Feb 2020 19:00 to 20:30
Location
LJ1.75, Lennard Jones Laboratories
Staffordshire
ST5 5BG
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