Dr. Nigel Seel - Contributor

  • Science Feature: The Higgs For Dummies

    Posted Monday, July 16th, 2012 11:00 am GMT -4

    On July 4th it was announced by CERN in Geneva that the Higgs boson has finally been discovered. Sciencefiction.com can now answer your most important questions. 1. Will the Higgs boson help me lose weight? No. 2. I like the sound of this Higgs. Can I buy one for my friend? The Large Hadron Collider […]

  • Book Review: ‘Triggers’ By Robert J. Sawyer

    Posted Sunday, May 13th, 2012 08:00 pm GMT -4

    President Seth Jerrison, the Republican successor to Obama, is giving a speech from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. The former History Professor from Columbia is presiding over a nation still at war: Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco have been devastated by a new kind of bomb with the destructive power of a nuke. The […]

  • Science Feature: Android Dolls

    Posted Monday, May 7th, 2012 01:00 pm GMT -4

    “By 2050, Amsterdam’s red-light district will be all about android prostitutes.” This was how Caitlin Moran, a columnist on The Times of London, summed up recent research from two New Zealand academics. Ms Moran suggested that this outcome: ‘would be both ethical and pleasurable: robots could be customized to provide “a range of ethnicities, sizes […]

  • Science Feature: The Infinite Improbability Drive

    Posted Monday, March 26th, 2012 01:00 pm GMT -4

    “Suddenly, a Vogon Constructor Fleet appears in the sky and destroys the Earth. Ford Prefect saves himself and Arthur Dent by hitching a ride on a Vogon spaceship only for the two of them to be discovered and thrown out of the airlock. By some infinitely improbably coincidence, they are immediately picked up by the […]

  • Book Review: ‘How To Make A Big Bang: A Cosmic Journey’ By Andrew And Victor Flambaum

    Posted Thursday, March 15th, 2012 12:00 pm GMT -4

    Jonathan Swift’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ came out in 1726 and was an immediate best-seller. Gulliver, a surgeon and master mariner, encountered a number of bizarre races on his travels: the tiny Lilliputians, the gigantic Brobdingnagians and the uncouth Yahoos. These weird, early science-fictional encounters were actually satires on the now long-forgotten politics of the day. Time, […]

  • Interstellar Command: The Ansible

    Posted Sunday, March 4th, 2012 02:00 pm GMT -4

    In the Ender’s Game universe (shortly to be made into a film), the human race has barely survived two wars with an alien hive-mind called the Formics, dubbed the “buggers” due to their insect-like appearance. Faster-than-light warships have been dispatched to the alien worlds to deal with this menace once and for all but what’s […]

  • Science Feature: Lost In Hilbert Space

    Posted Monday, January 9th, 2012 10:00 am GMT -4

    In an SF story I was once writing I needed to get the hero out of his closed prison cell. In the old physics, he could simply have blown a hole in the wall with some explosives – but of course, the guards never let him have any. In physics terms, the scientist is trapped […]

  • Science Feature: Friends and Lovers

    Posted Monday, January 2nd, 2012 10:00 am GMT -4

    You may have first learned your Myers-Briggs personality-type indicator (MBTI) through work. Perhaps you went for a job and they gave you a battery of psychometric tests; or maybe there was a team-building or personal development program and the instructor told you about the different personality types – usually they tell you it’s about how […]

  • Science Feature: The NeoCat

    Posted Monday, December 26th, 2011 10:00 am GMT -4

    In the early hours I was awakened by paws, patting their silent way across my duvet. Claws slid across my cheek, encouraging my sleep-glued eyes to open. I awoke to behold the neocat as it sat, ghostly-green, on the pillow. ‘Caught-a-vole, caught-a-vole, caught-a-vole!’ it said in its high-pitched, breathless voice and patted me again with […]

  • Science Feature: God’s Rod

    Posted Monday, December 19th, 2011 10:00 am GMT -4

    The Teacher stood at the mouth of the cave and gazed up at the midnight sky. Stars like jewels shone out over the freezing Afghan desert. Deep inside the caverns behind him, his followers were gathered around warm fires, talking quietly and preparing to sleep. From beyond the memory of living man this land had […]

  • Science Feature: Our Universe From Nothing At All

    Posted Monday, December 12th, 2011 09:00 am GMT -4

    Many visitors to ScienceFiction.com will be familiar with the timeline of the Big Bang, the idea that our universe started from some kind of ‘gigantic explosion’ some 13.6 billion years ago. But this is not the version of reality accepted by most cosmologists: their story is far, far stranger. In the beginning (and probably way […]

  • A Retrospective Look At Science Fiction Book ‘Starship Troopers’

    Posted Friday, December 9th, 2011 07:15 pm GMT -4

    With all the news about the ‘Starship Troopers’ remake, we couldn’t help but feel a little bit of nostalgia and decided to revisit the acclaimed book with some discussion. The Action Johnnie Rico jumps to the top of the tallest building in the neighborhood. He flips the snoopers up, looking for a target worth shooting […]

  • Science Feature: I Think, Therefore I Am

    Posted Monday, December 5th, 2011 10:00 am GMT -4

    I first met René Descartes’ famous aphorism, “I think, therefore I am”, when I was a young teen. Naturally I wasted no time in deciding that the Great Man’s thought was trite and glib, a maxim whose proper home was surely the tee-shirt. Later, at university, I took philosophy classes and was surprised to discover […]

  • Science Feature: Newton’s Collapsing Universe

    Posted Monday, November 28th, 2011 09:00 am GMT -4

    Sir Isaac Newton was possibly the greatest scientist who ever lived. But even great men can make mistakes – it’s just that their errors are more interesting than other people’s. Newton’s law of motion (force equals mass times acceleration) is taught in every high school. Newton’s law of gravitation (the inverse-square law) is precise enough […]

  • Science Feature: Mind Reading

    Posted Monday, November 21st, 2011 09:00 am GMT -4

    Michael vectors the hidden camera to a wealthy-looking patron on his first course. A click on the joystick and the second screen lights up: this is the one that reads the client’s mind. Mr. Rich-Guy seems happy enough according to the emotion-bar at the bottom of the display. It’s showing a lush, reassuring yellow with […]