Sunday, March 31, 2013

The science in Doctor Who and Game of Thrones

As I wrote in James Bond and drum corps, a blast from the past, "this blog is about science fiction as much as it is about collapse." In fact, it's really about the science connecting both topics. As such, I can't pass up two news items about the science in two series, one science fiction and one fantasy, that are returning with new seasons.

The first is Doctor Who, the new season of which is beginning next month. Discovery News on YouTube examines the science of the show in Doctor Who's Real Life Tech Toys.

Doctor Who is coming back for a new season and he's bringing along awesome technology straight from the future! But some of these gadgets are actually being used in the real world today. Anthony shows us the actual science in the Doctor's arsenal.
The other series is Game of Thrones, which is returning with a new season tonight, in fact, in less than an hour. Miriam Kramer of explores the Seasons on 'Game of Thrones' Planet: How They Work.
Winter is coming on the HBO series "Game of Thrones," but no one seems to be able to predict when.

The planet's last summer persisted for seven years, while winter has been known to last a generation on the show. Understanding when the seasons will change is just one of the many issues plaguing the characters of the fantasy series based on the books by George R.R. Martin.

Although science doesn't play much of a role in the fictional world — which comes complete with dragons, magic and a red comet that serves as an omen — planetary science could help explain the odd seasonal changes on the three continents in the TV show's universe.
Happy viewing, fellow geeks and may this entry have the success of my other posts about Game of Thrones.

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