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Scientists Reveal Their Favorite Works Of Science Fiction

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Here at GFR we cover anything that fits under the umbrella of our twin loves: science and science fiction. And just as the bleeding edge of our scientific understanding is forever pushing the boundaries of our science fiction, SF is itself inspiring fans to take transform their love of starships, robots, and the like into careers in real scientific fields. So what are some of the science fiction movies, shows, and books that real-life scientists love best? The Huffington Post recently asked a handful of scientists precisely that.

PermutationCityDr. Max Tegmark is a cosmologist and physics professor at MIT, and the scientific director of the Foundational Questions Institute, which provides grants to “catalyze, support, and disseminate research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology.” Tegmark cites Greg Egan’s 1994 science fiction novel Permutation City as his favorite, explaining that Egan’s “explorations of the ultimate nature of reality blew my mind and inspired my own research.”

Dr. Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, and the author of books including The Particle at the End of the Universe and From Eternity to Here. He lists another semi-obscure work you might want to add to your Kindle: Robert L. Forward’s Dragon’s Egg. Carroll says, “It’s a story about life on the surface of a neutron star, which would ordinarily be considered completely outlandish. A good reminder that ‘life’ might take on very different forms than we ordinarily imagine. Here’s the Dragon’s Egg synopsis from Amazon:

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Will Smith And Men In Black Writer Reteam For Colossus Remake

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Colossus

Let’s make it clear right away that the headline is drawing a connection between Will Smith and Men in Black, and as cool as I thought that movie was at the time, I’d much rather dip back into screenwriter Ed Solomon’s career. He’s the man who brought the world Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its oddly wonderful sequel, as well as a bunch of episodes from the meta-before-meta-was-meta It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.. Because I roll like a neurotic in a time-traveling phone booth.

That said, Imagine Entertainment’s five-year-gestating remake of the 1970 sci-fi thriller Colossus: The Forbin Project has hired Solomon to rewrite the script. Previous drafts were done by Blake Masters (Brotherhood) and Jason Rothenberg (who wrote the pilot for the CW’s upcoming sci-fi series The Hundred). Ed Solomon is also the usually non-non-non-heinous writer also co-wrote the goofy-as-shit Mom and Dad Save the World and the underrated Billy Bob Thornton flick, Levity, as well as the upcoming illusionist heist movie Now You See Me. I mention his career again to convince you that he might actually make this remake worth the trouble. Will Smith, who really doesn’t need any hyping whatsoever, will take on the role of Dr. Forbin, mad computer scientist.