Dr. Nigel Seel - Contributor

  • Science Feature: Has Greg Egan Gone Too Far?

    Posted Monday, November 14th, 2011 10:00 am GMT -4

    Once upon a time, one of our most noted authors of ultra-hard SF wrote a novel about a bunch of aliens living in the interior of an asteroid in close orbit around a black hole. The author, Greg Egan, was so incensed by one of the reviews of this book – by Adam Roberts at […]

  • Science Feature: Live Forever

    Posted Monday, November 7th, 2011 10:00 am GMT -4

    Petra was brought into my office. There is something about it being the last day of your life which modulates every emotion: Petra looked scared, resigned, even – against the odds – slightly hopeful – but most of all she just looked bone-achingly weary. I stopped the nervous adjustment of my robes, calmed myself and […]

  • Science Feature: God’s Asteroid

    Posted Monday, October 31st, 2011 09:00 am GMT -4

    A three mile wide, billion ton asteroid hits Europe. This unimaginable catastrophe actually happened five thousand years ago, and astonishingly, there is an ancient eyewitness account, as well as the aftermath described in The Bible. The “Planisphere” tablet was discovered in the ruined library of the Assyrian royal palace at Nineveh (Iraq). It’s a copy […]

  • Science Feature: Terminal Decision

    Posted Monday, October 24th, 2011 10:00 am GMT -4

    The princess was beautiful but willful. It was entirely in character that she should wake in the pre-dawn glimmer and leave her chamber unobserved, to walk barelegged in the dew. And it was there, in the old meadows surrounding the chateau, that they took her. They had been incredibly clever as well as resourceful and, […]

  • Science Feature: The Vampire Mutation

    Posted Monday, October 17th, 2011 09:00 am GMT -4

    They said the passenger pigeons were dense enough to blacken the skies. They said the bison on the plains were more than the sand-grains on a beach. But these were as nothing compared to the human cattle that walk the earth today. Never have there been such herds: so pleasingly available, so docile, so very […]

  • Science Feature: We Know What You’re Going To Do!

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

    You’re strolling along Acacia Avenue just like last week and the week before: the rucksack slung over your back is for the swag. This is a well-off area: middle class mansions in treed gardens with plenty of cover – they do like their privacy here. Your preference is for jewelry, cash, laptops – light and […]

  • Science Feature: The Wonderful Emmy Noether

    Posted Monday, October 3rd, 2011 10:00 am GMT -4

    Sciencefiction.com supports geek girls – women interested in science and technology. So let me tell you about a role model – one of the best scientists and mathematicians who has ever lived. Let’s meet the wonderful Emmy Noether. — Here’s Emmy at six years old, skipping down the street in Erlangen, Germany, hand in hand […]

  • Science Feature: Faster Than Light

    Posted Monday, September 26th, 2011 09:00 am GMT -4

    Despite the hubbub – the journalists jostling for that final refill of wine, the smoke, the noise and confusion – I couldn’t help noticing how Professor Randall kept stroking the explosives pack strapped to her astonishing piece of equipment. It was a balmy evening here at CERN, scene for one of the most momentous press […]

  • Science Feature: New Super-Earths

    Posted Monday, September 19th, 2011 11:00 am GMT -4

    A planet orbits a faraway star. Although it’s light it tugs on its parent sun, so that sometimes the star is pulled slightly towards us, and sometimes pushed away. How can we tell? That tiny orbital-wiggle creates a slowly-oscillating Doppler shift in the frequency of the starlight we see. It sounds like a tiny effect […]

  • Book Review: The ‘Metrozone’ Trilogy By Simon Morden

    Posted Thursday, September 15th, 2011 01:01 pm GMT -4

    Book 1: Equations of Life It’s London, England after Armageddon. Europe has been nuked by Christian fundamentalists, Russia’s a criminal kleptocracy, and America is in the hands of the extreme religious right; Japan has copied Atlantis and has sunk beneath the waves. It seems that every last refugee in the world has found their way […]

  • Science Feature: Alien Parasite

    Posted Monday, September 12th, 2011 10:00 am GMT -4

    The last President of the United States sat in the purple-strewn ruins of the Rose Garden and reminisced companionably with her Secretary of Defense. “Do you remember, Dick, how we pulled you out of retirement when we realized the terrible nature of the threat?” Cheney smiled at the memory, though even that was now an […]

  • Science Feature: The Perils Of Mind Uploading

    Posted Monday, September 5th, 2011 09:00 am GMT -4

    In a few decades time it will be possible to scan a living brain at the resolution of individual neurons: cell bodies, dendrites and axons. The next step will be to ‘parse’ such a ‘bitmap’ into a computerized functional model of your brain – your virtual – which will allow a copy of yourself to […]

  • ‘Dark Matters: Twisted But True’ Episode 1 – Recap

    Posted Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 11:00 pm GMT -4

    The Science Channel launched its entertaining new series, ‘Dark Matters: Twisted but True’, tonight with three provocative scenes of dubious experimentation, hosted by an inscrutable John Noble. First off we’re in the mid-1950s as UFO expert Morris Jessup receives an extraordinary letter from US sailor, Carlos Allende. The letter describes the sinister ‘Philadelphia Experiment’ where […]

  • Book Review: ‘Final Days’ by Gary Gibson

    Posted Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 07:00 pm GMT -4

    We’re in the world of 2235 and there are more than a dozen interstellar colonies, linked to Earth through a central wormhole terminus, the Lunar Array at the Copernicus crater on the moon. Earth dominates the colonies through the machinations of the paramilitary Array Security and Immigration (ASI) organization. Behind the scenes there is a […]

  • Science Feature: Case Against Manned Starflight

    Posted Monday, August 29th, 2011 10:00 am GMT -4

    The DARPA Hundred Year Starship program is holding a public symposium in Orlando, FL at the end of next month. The symposium will plan a century-long program to launch manned missions to the stars. Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? In reality no human being will ever embark upon an interstellar journey. Forget those […]