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February 17, 2010 14:49:48.776

I got a chuckle out of this "scientific revelation" in scifi wire - apparently, FTL travel would have smoked Kirk (et. al.):

Well, the reality is that he would have fried instantly, and any other Starfleet travelers such as Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise would have perished had they really attempted to travel at faster-than-light speeds.

There are two issues with this:

  • It's sciene fiction, not science
  • Science fiction typically (and most certainly in this case) assumes some sort of scientific discovery that makes the seemingly impossible, possible.

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