Why DEBRIS’ Science Fiction Is More Real Than You Think

NBC’s Debris pulls from many genres, but its core is sci-fi. Pieces from a destroyed, highly-advanced alien ship are falling to Earth. No one knows if the spacecraft arrived here by chance or if something sent it. But each fragment is capable of unfathomable powers that can defy the laws of physics. One section can instantly transport buses full of people across the world. Another can terraform whole cities. While yet another dangerous fragment can create alternate timelines and realities. It all sounds impossible. And yet the show’s science might not be as fictional as it first seems. Not only do both the government and scientists think aliens might already be here, we’re not far from unlocking the secrets of the show’s technology ourselves.

Riann Steele in a red hazmat suit holds a young woman in an open green field as people stand in the far back and a piece of alien spaceship sits in the foreground on Debris


One of the weirdest things about 2020 (which is really saying something) is that the US government kept trying to tell us alien ships could

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Apple TV+ scores science fiction movie Finch starring Tom Hanks

Apple TV+ will soon be home to Amblin Entertainment movie Finch starring Tom Hanks. The company beat out competitors at what was called a ‘very competitive’ auction for the rights to the movie, which was previously known by the title Bios. The movie will revolve around a robotics engineer who is among few survivors on Earth following a major solar event.

The news comes from Deadline, which reports that Apple plans to release the movie on its streaming service later this year and that it may get time in some theaters to qualify it for potential awards. Finch comes from Amblin Entertainment and, under the original plan, was set for release by Universal.

Tom Hanks will star as a robotics engineer named Finch who, with a small percentage of the population, managed to survive a major solar event. The world is now a wasteland and Finch finds companionship

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These Materials Could Make Science Fiction a Reality

Metamaterials, which could improve smartphones and change how we use other technology, allow scientists to control light waves in new ways. (James Yang/The New York Times)

Metamaterials, which could improve smartphones and change how we use other technology, allow scientists to control light waves in new ways. (James Yang/The New York Times)

Imagine operating a computer by moving your hands in the air as Tony Stark does in “Iron Man.” Or using a smartphone to magnify an object as does the device that Harrison Ford’s character uses in “Blade Runner.” Or a next-generation video meeting where augmented reality glasses make it possible to view 3D avatars. Or a generation of autonomous vehicles capable of driving safely in city traffic.

These advances and a host of others on the horizon could happen because of metamaterials, making it possible to control beams of light with the same ease that computer chips control electricity.

The term metamaterials refers to a broad class of manufactured materials composed of structures that are finer than the wavelength of visible light, radio waves

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5 Science Fiction Books Featuring Floating Habitats

Venus tourism poster, created for by NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory-Caltech (Creative Strategy: Dan Goods, David Delgado; Illustrator: Jessie Kawata)

Venus is so inconsiderate. It presents itself as a sister world, one that would seem at first glance to be very Earth-like, but… on closer examination it’s utterly hostile to life as we know it. Surface conditions would be extremely challenging for terrestrial life, what with the toxic atmosphere, crushing pressures, and blast-furnace-like temperatures.

That’s at the surface, however. Just fifty kilometers above the surface, there is a region with terrestrial pressures and temperatures, a veritable garden of Eden where an unprotected human would not be almost immediately incinerated but instead would expire painfully (in just a few minutes) due to the lack of free oxygen and the prevalence of toxic gases.

Nonetheless, visionaries like Geoffrey Landis have pointed out the possibility of floating cities high in the atmosphere, cities that would

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