Archive for the Science Fiction Category

Man After Man: The Coming Horrors

Posted in Animals, Books, Pictures, Science, Science Fiction, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2015 by Stephanie Selby
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Though the process of genetic engineering and grafting additional organs, the Vacuumorph is a being that can survive in the airless, zero-gravity environment of space.

Have you ever wondered what humanity’s evolutionary future might look like? In Man After Man, author Dougal Dixion speculates on the possibilities. From what humans might create with genetic engineering, to our kind naturally changing or adapting with technology, to how climate change may shape our descendants.

The results may leave you feeling uncomfortable at the very least. Just about every human-derived creature in this book looks pretty damn freaky. Then there are the ethics of genetic manipulation and our growing dependance on technology that leaves you wondering how far would people really be willing to compromise in order to continue the human race.

So let’s have a brief look, shall we? Here’s the timeline of Dixion’s vision of the future!

200 years: The Earth has been ravaged by overpopulation and pollution. Scientists have genetically altered humans in a variety of ways to live and work in harsh environments. Examples include the Aquamorph and Vacuumorph. Many unaltered homo sapiens are leaving the planet to find a future in space, yet there are still those that are left behind to fight for the meager resources on earth.

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A genetically altered human adapted to life in the water. This species was created for building and mining in the ocean.

300 years

The humans that have remained on earth have split into two major factions: those that highly depend on machines to maintain bodily functions and complete tasks, and handlers that work to repair this technology and serve the technology-assisted upper class. These handlers remain unaltered to retain versatility while working with machines. The machine dependent humans grow weaker and weaker over time, and the process of mating has become quite risky. The Aquamorphs have grown more independent, and no longer assist land-dwelling humans.

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Unfortunately, the book is out of print right now so finding a copy may be a bit out of one’s price range but well worth the read!

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Children, Science, Science Fiction with tags , , , , , , , on May 30, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

This week’s video answers the question of how children raised in space would develop. The possibilities aren’t very pretty. Call me a chicken if you like, but I think I’ll keep my feet on the surface of this beautiful planet, thank you!

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Apocalypse, Creepypasta, Monsters, Science, Science Fiction, Uncategorized, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

This week’s narration is a very short story about the end of humanity cause by our own mistakes. This tale is by one of the best creepypasta writers on the internet! Enjoy.

I would also like to note for transparency’s sake that I am not a YouTube partner or anything of the sort, so I don’t make money from my videos. If that should ever change, I will take any and all stories by Slimebeast off my account.

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Creepy, Creepypasta, Insanity, Memes, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Uncategorized, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2013 by Stephanie Selby

Another creepypasta narrated by yours truly! A short, but sweet one.

If you’ve got a video you’d like to share with others, send it to me and I’ll post it here.

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Creepypasta, Horror, Memes, Scary, Science, Science Fiction, Uncategorized, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2013 by Stephanie Selby

Woohoo! My first creepypasta narration! A perfect addition for Friday the 13th. Please enjoy.

It’s Still No Excuse For Your Idiocy

Posted in Books, Fiction, Horror, Humor, Science Fiction with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2013 by Stephanie Selby

mad_scientistNot too long ago I had the pleasure of watching the 1933 adaptation of The Invisible Man. While I thoroughly enjoyed it, the ending got me thinking about a very tired cliche in science fiction. ‘Jack’ Griffin, as the film has specified his first name, says with his dying breath that he had meddled in things that man must leave alone. What a surprise!(Please note the sarcasm)

This kind of thing happens a lot in the mad scientist crowd, as they all seem to be tripping over each other in the rush to step on the toes of God. Then when karma gives them a resounding slap for their shortsighted foolishness, their tune changes and they start going on about how they shouldn’t mess with nature or that sometimes it’s better to remain ignorant than have harmful knowledge.

Frankenstein is probably the quintessential example of this notion, but at least Shelly was being original at the time and had a more nuanced perspective than some writers. This idea has been repeated over and over, and it has always bugged me for many good reasons.

It’s simply a bad excuse. It takes some of the blame off the scientist in question at the cost of scientific curiosity. Why would a ‘Mr. MadScientist’ so to speak, take the time to think about the consequences of his actions when he could just say that said discovery simply wasn’t meant for humans to begin with? It’s a rather fatalistic argument too, making the assumption that when mankind is equipped with certain kinds of scientific knowledge people will either misuse or mess thing up in the same way.

How can anyone considering resurrecting the dead, making mutated monsters, or building dangerous robots not stop and ask themselves, ‘how could this possibly go wrong?’ Nope! Mr. MadScientist never stops to think about it because he’s caught up in obtaining scientific knowledge, in a rush due to altruistic motivations, or trying to take over the world. Take your pick at his motivations, they all require a lack of foresight.

(For the record, I fully acknowledge that ‘Mr. MadScientist’ could be ‘Miss MadScientist.’  Women are just as capable as men are when it comes to making terrible decisions. If it bothers you that much just change the pronouns around or something.)

One could say that Mr. MadScientist lacks morality, ethics, common sense, or all of the above. That can definitely be considered a character flaw. And yes, respect should be granted to nature or whatever divine power one may adhere to, but that doesn’t mean remaining ignorant is a preferable alternative. Human knowledge is simply a tool – inherently neutral by itself, and any tool can be an instrument for good or evil. A hammer can be used to help build a house or bash someone’s brains in, but it doesn’t say anything about the hammer.

This notion also makes a lot of harmful assumptions. I’ve already mentioned how it reveals a complete lack of faith in humankind’s ability to be responsible with scientific knowledge. Also, Mr. MadScientist, how do you know that what you messed with really belongs to the control of God/Nature? Science that was once taboo hundreds of years ago, considered blasphemous or worse,  has become mainstream and useful today. Think of all the grave-robbing that occurred back in the day just to get bodies for anatomical study. Nobody got struck by lightening for furthering human understanding of our own anatomy.

This kind of attitude goes against the very nature of science. I hate the idea that having no knowledge of a subject is the best solution. Sometimes making discoveries involves taking risks, and knowledge shouldn’t be scrapped when things go wrong. Rather, learn from your mistakes so you don’t make them again. Who says that someone couldn’t do better with the scientific discoveries that lead to your downfall?

I just want to say Mr. MadScientist, you fucked up. You and you alone. Don’t go putting your mistakes on anyone or anything else.

Readers, are there any stories that have annoyed you by using this trope? Are there any cliches that bother you to no end? Let me know in the comments.