An Irrational Request

As a fan of the fantasy genre, I have always been attracted to the concept of tree architecture. Almost every fantasy world has some magical city hidden in the forest, where the branches intertwine into canopy walkways and the trunks serve as dwellings. Belgian architect Luc Schuiten has taken this idea and applied it to …

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Our Magical World

The most common criticism of the fantasy genre is that it can lead to unhealthy escapism. Why settle for the boring, drab world in which you live, when you could immerse yourself in a world full of flying beasts, floating cities, and big baddies that need to be taken down? For me, fantasy stories are …

Straight out of Fantasy: Firefly-inspired Lights

I thought I would write a short little post about a recent innovation that I came across. Scientists at Syracuse University have figured out a way to harness the bioluminescence of fireflies to produce energy-free lights. The process requires the use of nanorods and a technique known as Bioluminescence Resonance Energy Transfer (BRET). Research is …

Game-Changers

Warning: unedited stream of consciousness follows, may be difficult to comprehend. I don't know how many of you out there have heard, but a couple weeks ago a highly anticipated video game came out. You may have heard of it: Skyrim. Many of the guys in my dorm pre-ordered a copy and when the video game came …

What do Oz, Wonderland and Neverland all have in common?

They have all been revisited by the folks at Syfy. That's right, it seems that Syfy channel (previously Sci-fi channel) has decided to make all their past three miniseries based upon fantastical children tales. And I'm not complaining, I greatly enjoy new stories based in old worlds, especially those dealing with well-known stories, it gives a whole new …