Our own Dr Alasdair Richmond has been invited to write a piece on the science behind the film Interstellar. Here are a few sentences taken from it.
He says: "Science and science fiction are uneasy relatives, and classic sci-fi often folds under scientific scrutiny. [...] Wells’s rampaging Martian tripods survive in the public imagination while more realistic predictions of mechanised warfare fade. Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four remains the relevant parable about totalitarian mind-control for all that its titular year came and went without copying its namesake. [...] Nolan tries to get the science right most of the time.
[...] Interstellar offers much besides visuals to commend. It takes climate change seriously, is realistically cynical about political and educational preparedness for the future, doesn’t soften ethical dilemmas in saving humanity and suggests climate solutions will owe everything to scientific imagination and initiative."
This and much more can be found in its piece "Interstellar gives a spectacular view of hard science" that was published on The Conversation last week and that has already been read by over 370K people...would you like to be the next?