To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek

To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star TrekHow Likely Are Silicon Based Life Forms Such As The Horta Can The Holodoc Really Wield A Laser Scalpel Is A Universal Translator Possible For Thirty Years, The Star Trek Series, Movies, And Books Have Speculated As Much About The Nature And Meaning Of Life As They Have About Inorganic Concepts Such As Warp Speed, Time Travel, And Black Holes In Fact, The Original Mission Of The Starship Enterprise Was To Seek Out New Life And New Civilizations In Its Quest To Answer The Most Tantalizing Question Of All Time Are We Alone In The Universe If Star Trek Has Been About The Search For Life, To Seek Out New Life The Biology Of Star Trek Is About Understanding These Discoveries As We Encounter Them With The Crews Of The Enterprise, Voyager, And Deep Space Nine In This Book, Harvard Biologist Athena Andreadis Takes A Lively, Thought Provoking Look At Star Trek S Approach To The Science Of Human, Humanoid, And Other Life Forms, Exploring What Biological Principles Are Probable Or Possible On The Original Show And The Three Series And Nine Movies That Have FollowedThis Engaging, Deeply Informative Book Makes Everyone An Armchair Expert On The Difference Between Science And Science Fiction On Star Trek, With Keen Observations Into The Series Complex Worlds Of Physiology, Psychology, And Sociology For Example, The Free Interbreeding Of Humanoids Makes For Great Plots, But A Host Of Biological Problems Vulcans Bleed Green, Klingons Purple, And Humans Red, Which Means None Of Them Share The Same Oxygen Carrier In The Bloodstream Which Means No Hybrid, And Thus No Spock A Shape Shifter With A Liquid Base, Like Security Chief Odo, Could Never Fall In Love With A Solid Like Major Kira Nerys It Is The Equivalent To A Human Loving A Turnip Androids Like Data Are Possible In Our Future, Though The Creation Of Substitute Bodies In The Holodeck Is Pure Fantasy The Joined Trills Are A Curious Blend Of Symbiosis And Parasitism, Raising Interesting Questions As To How The Two Beings Share ConsciousnessThis Absorbing, Illuminating Book, Rich In Scientific Detail And Full Of Fascinating References To Literature, Film, And Television, Pays Tribute To A Show That Has Profoundly Shaped The Way We Understand And View Science This book was published twenty years ago, and a lot has changed since, both in science and in the Star Trek franchise Still, the emphasis of the book, and the part that holds up best, is its focus on how questions of bioethics are portrayed in science fiction. To seek out new life the biology of Star Trek DB 48584 Andreadis, Athena Reading time 10 hours, 37 minutes Read by Kristin Allison A production of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress Subjects Stage and Screen Science and TechnologyDescription Uses the original Star Trek television series, spinoffs, and movies to explain concepts in bioscience Investigates the probability of other life forms in the universe Discusses human immortality, the transporter, and the universal translator as well as cloning, robots, and virtual reality This book is an intelligent, informative romp through biological and other sciences, examined as they apply to the Star Trek universe The author examines the science of Star Trek and makes much of that science perfectly comprehensible to non scientists I especially enjoyed her dry sense of humor Even , I enjoyed her explanations of why certain scientific assumptions in the Trek Universe couldn t work, dramatically interesting as they may be.But, in the long run, Star Trek is not a science course and, whether the science is sound or not, I have, from Season 1 which I enjoyed when it was first presented all the way through its last movie, thoroughly enjoyed it, and will always remain a Trekker.Christen Allison did a marvelous job of narrating Her expression was appropriate and lively, and she made some fairly dry material interesting an approachable, using expressiveness to its best advantage.Can one enjoy Star Trek without reading this book Of course, but reading it will deepen your understanding of this universe, even when the science is, at best, dubious. Having recently torn through all the various Star Trek series besides Enterprise , this book was a cool find and an interesting read There are a lot of geeky references which makes the cold shower reality that most of the science of show couldn t happen bearable to keep the hardcore fans placated But most importantly, it does describe in detail a lot of the real science that was or is inspired by the ideas put forth in the episodes The commentary on the various social aspects of the races, conflicts, and character development was also a nice touch However, it was written prior to the end of DS9 and Voyager, and it would have been nice to have seen some acknowledgement of that not to mention an update on what s changed in science since then, but that might be asking too much There is an addendum that includes a wrap up of ST Insurrection but it doesn t add a lot to the book s argument as a whole.

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  • Hardcover
  • 273 pages
  • To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek
  • Athena Andreadis
  • English
  • 13 June 2018
  • 9780609603291

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