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Science Fiction

Beam Me Up, Fw:Thinking

 Beam Me Up, Fw:Thinking

It's time to look at a science fiction technology: teleporters. Could teleportation ever work? Will it allow for faster-than-light travel? See more »

Will Earth Become Coruscant?

 Will Earth Become Coruscant?

In Star Wars, the capital of the empire is Coruscant, a planet covered by an enormous city. Is such a thing possible? And how crowded would a planet with one trillion people be? See more »

The Star Trek Economy

 The Star Trek Economy

In Star Trek, humans no longer use money. Is this really in our future? See more »

The Monsters of the Future, Part 1

 The Monsters of the Future, Part 1

Anxieties about technological trends have had a profound influence on the history of the horror genre and the creatures that populate it. In preparation for Halloween season, the Fw:Thinking podcast investigates the future of your nightmares. See more »

Will Future Consumer Tech Still Be Awkward?

 Will Future Consumer Tech Still Be Awkward?

Why is it in science fiction films you never see people struggle to operate consumer tech? Will the tech of the future really be flawlessly simple? See more »

Sci-fi and Speech

 Sci-fi and Speech

Will humans in the future talk like we do today? Or is the perfect English of a Jean-Luc Picard merely a convenience for sci-fi writers? See more »

Predictions Are Hard!

 Predictions Are Hard!

We're old hands at making predictions but history is filled with inaccurate (and hilarious) guesses that were way off the mark. See more »

Cities in the Sky

 Cities in the Sky

Is antigravity possible? From impractical flying machines to cities in the clouds, we take a look at science fiction technology that allows us to slip the bonds of Earth. Is any of it possible? See more »

We Get Back In Time

 We Get Back In Time

Seriously, is time travel possible? We take a look at the philosophy and physics of time travel. See more »

A Stunning Technology

 A Stunning Technology

Is there a safe way to stun? In Star Trek, setting phasers to stun was a way to incapacitate a threat safely. Where are we on stun technology today? See more »