Science of Fiction

Now, I’m no expert, but doesn’t Bruce Banner’s body defy the law of conservation of mass when he transforms into The Incredible Hulk? Yeah, you were thinking about that too, weren’t you?

Perhaps not… Perhaps you were really thinking about where those purple pants came from, and why those pants were the only piece of garment that didn’t tear away when he became The Hulk. Whether it is regarding the issue of mass or the issue of pants, we are always looking to explain the unexplainable. We want to know: Could it really happen? Could the things we see in comics, or on fictional television really exist in our world?

As I said, I am no expert, but I am committed to discovering the different ways in which some of the things we see in fiction can be explained through real-life science. And, I want to hear from you too, so let’s see if we can’t unlock the truth behind the fiction together!

Science of Fiction

The Science of Shadowcat’s Phasing Ability

The Science of Shadowcat’s Phasing Ability
The Science of Shadowcat’s Phasing Ability

Intro:

“Like, zoinks, Scoob!  I think I just saw a g-g-g-g-ghost pass through that wall!”

The Ish:

Kitty Pryde, a.k.a. Shadowcat, a.k.a. Sprite, a.k.a. Ariel, a.k.a D.L. Hawkins is a mutant with the ability to phase (that is,…

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The Science of Mister Fantastic’s Elastic Origin

The Science of Mister Fantastic’s Elastic Origin

Intro:

Mr. Fantastic, a.k.a. Dr. Reed Richards is considered to be one of the most intelligent human beings in the known Marvel Universe.  Yeah, there is Bruce Banner, the gamma radiation expert that turned himself into the hulk, and there is Tony Stark, who invented energy weapons, special armour, holograms, and…

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The Science of Jared’s Lifespan

The Science of Jared’s Lifespan

I’d like to issue a little disclaimer before delving into this particular case:  When discussing The Bible (or any religious framework, mythology, or history) I am in no way claiming, by placing them in a column called “Science of Fiction”, that they are indeed fictitious stories and tales that could never existed.  The interests of this column are…

The Science of Megatron’s Transformation

The Science of Megatron’s Transformation
The Science of Megatron!

Intro:

A friend asked me to write about The Transformers in Science of Fiction, particularly about Megatron.  He said to me, “How is it that Megatron can be such a large robot, yet when he transforms he becomes really small?”  I get the feeling that this may be…

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The Science of Venom’s Camouflage

The Science of Venom’s Camouflage
Venom!

Intro:

A long time ago (like, in the eighties) in a galaxy far away (like, a place where The Secret Wars could be fought) Spider-Man tore his costume.  Oh but what luck… another costume much like his own lays nearby!  Phew!  Young Peter Parker would’ve been in a lot of trouble…

The Science of Wolverine’s Healing Ability

The Science of Wolverine’s Healing Ability

Wolverine’s Healing Factor

Cut him, bruise him, tear him to shreds and separate his upper ad lower torso… he doesn’t care because he’ll heal, and he’ll do it in a matter of hours.

Wolverine (a.k.a. Logan), mutant in the Marvel Universe who has acute senses, a metallic-coated skeleton (the metal is called adamantium,…

The Science of The Invinsible Iron Man

The Science of The Invinsible Iron Man

Intro:

Iron Man soars through the air, around enemy fighters as he locks onto their heat signature.  His jet boots and stabilizers twirls him about as he moves faster than an M16 as his automatic guiding systems get a lock.  Iron Man fires.  Three air-to-air missiles are…

The Science of Spider-Man’s Origin

The Science of Spider-Man’s Origin

 

Intro:

Spider-Man was one of my favorite childhood superheroes. I loved the wall-crawler’s wit and banter, I loved the stories and the drama; it all made for a great comic series.  But, the thing I loved most about Spider-Man was his powers.  Super agility and strength, the…

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The Science of Superman’s Invulnerability

The Science of Superman’s Invulnerability

 Intro:

Raised from the ashes of an old, dead blog site of mine comes the new and improved Science of Fiction column.  Would it then make sense for me to begin with The Phoenix, or Spawn, or some other super powered individual that has been rebirthed in some manner?  Yes, it would make sense for me to do that.  But…