James T. Kirk was reportedly born in 2233 in Iowa, meaning he’d be 30 in 2263. Montgomery Scott (“Scotty”) was born 2222, but in 2263 he would have been 41 — not 35. So …I guess even fake census records sometimes get the birth year wrong.
The first “Star Trek” television episode (“Where No Man Has Gone Before” — the second pilot) starring William Shatner as the character James T. Kirk took place in 2265, but this fake document would seem to imply that Kirk and Scott worked together and had the ability to travel in time (probably with a starship) 2 year’s earlier.
Oh, but wait a minute! We have an alternate timeline to consider, since the 2009 “Star Trek” movie created a new path for the crew’s lives in 2255. So if the document had been real, it could have been Chris Pine’s character, not Shatner, and Karl Urban’s character, not DeForest Kelley, who appeared in 1841 from the year 2263. That would imply that a timeline change in 2255 created ripples in the past as well as the future. Have you seen the last two episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (“All Good Things”)?
Good thing this document is a fake, because otherwise I’d have a headache figuring this all out. Like the study of genealogy, time travel research can be difficult and complicated. Fake documents can make it even tougher.
I’m not sure what happened to the Ole Miss Math Contest, but for over a year now I’ve been doing the problems on Brilliant.org instead. And I’m having fun! Here are a couple of the problems I solved recently that you might enjoy, if like me you like to tinker with mathematics.
Writer’s Digest recently blogged about “11 Secrets to Writing Effective Character Description.” It’s a nice summary of some of the techniques an author might use in describing their characters. I particularly like the point that “Description doesn’t have to be direct to be effective.”
As an author myself, my preference is to write short stories, usually 10 to 20 pages long. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like to read novels. I thoroughly enjoyed “A Tale of Two Cities” at about 300 pages, and “Moby Dick” at around 400 pages. But I mean 700 pages?! “Jonathan Strange…” better be darn near perfect to get me to read that. I don’t think it was.
So it isn’t my favorite book, but I still love the idea of the story. Now it’s going to be a series on BBC America sometime in 2015. I’m pretty interested, hoping that the screenplay writers will figure out what to use and what to cut, and that it will work much better in this format. Of course, part of that will depend on the actors, and you can see in the credits that there are some good ones listed.
I’m hoping the television series will be magical! I don’t know if the video below is an actual BBC trailer, but it gives one a sense of what’s coming.
If the story is completely accurate, it is hard to believe that a teacher would deny a child their place at career day because that child chose to come to school as their favorite video game developer. Sure, it’s possible that there is more to the story, but what if there isn’t? What’s wrong with a student saying that they want to be like the developer of Minecraft when they grow up?
I don’t remember having a career day when I was in school, but here’s who I would have chosen to be like if there had been. I may have wanted to be like Martin Gardner, the Scientific American “Mathematical Games” columnist and science writer — as well as a prolific puzzle book author. Or I could have found a robot or “Foundation” t-shirt and gone as Isaac Asimov. Sure he was a professor of biochemistry, but he was best known for his science fiction writing.
What would this teacher have done if a child dressed up as a professional juggler? What would they have thought of me if I’d decided to come with a t-shirt that read “Oddly Perfect”? Would they have known that I wanted to become a mathematician and study primes and perfect numbers?
An IGN video below provides industry advice (on how to get a job) from the top 100 game developers. It takes hard and dedicated work to become a game designer, producer, programmer, writer. It’s a real job!
Too often nowadays, space movies or stories depict space as a dangerous place. Some of the most popular video games involve war in space. So it’s really nice to see that our universe can sometimes be a happy place as well — or at least put on a happy face!
But as a science fiction writer, I have to wonder whether this face is accidental or planned. Imagine if there was an alien race capable of highly advanced technology compared to us. Sure, it’s possible that they could be menacing and aggressive, as some writers, directors, and even scientists have pointed out in film and writing. But couldn’t some aliens also be so advanced that they have a keen sense of humor? What if those aliens decided to send a message to everyone else in the universe that they are a happy race? Maybe the joke is on those who are so sure that aliens are out to wipe us out.
Though I’ve written my share of sad stories, some even dark, this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope photo serves as a notice that maybe I should write more happy space stories. I’ve written some. I think I’ll write some more.
The Hollywood Reporter (and many other websites) say that the X-Files is “coming back as a six-part limited series.” I really enjoyed the “X-Files” series and look forward to a few more episodes!
The “X-Files” is much more horror and fantasy than science fiction, but I liked the creator and writer’s endeavors to create intrigue and an arc that embraced many individual episodes that showcased all kinds of strange creatures, strange happenings, and mutilated humans. What will they think of next?
Since much of the original show was filmed in Vancouver, Canada, why not see what Canada news (CBC) has to say about the comeback.
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