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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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Journey To The Center Of The Earth Sequel Trailer Picks A Different Jules Verne Book

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2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth was maybe the worst adaptation of a Jules Verne novel ever put to screen. But if you’re not judging it as an adaptation, and just as a movie, it was actually a lot of fun. The 3D was some of the best we seen and, even though the movie’s script seemed to be mostly based around throwing as much unrealistic CGI at the screen as possible, it managed to convey a real sense of adventure.

So now the Journey team is back with a sequel, only one castmember from the previous film is in it and they aren’t journeying to the center of the Earth at all. That hasn’t stopped them from calling it Journey 2: The Mysterious Island though. Good call on leaving out “the center of the Earth” part. Here’s the sequel’s first trailer: