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What has been the coolest SciFi creation?
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Poll: What has been the coolest SciFi creation?
Faster-than-light space travel
Time travel
Teleportation devices
Stabilised wormholes
Laser guns
Interactive holograms
Artificial intelligence
Mechanically amplified mind powers
View Results (130 votes)

Superuser / Moderator

Dec 10 2008, 7:19am

Post #1 of 26 (716 views)
What has been the coolest SciFi creation? Can't Post

SciFi writers are among our great thinkers when it comes to what could be - so which of these devices do you think is the coolest idea among them? (You can choose more than one.)

And even though they're cool, would you really like them to be made for real?

(Note: I'm not including ideas that have become reality, such as man-made satellites, space stations, medical DNA or cloning - or even fax machines.)

(This post was edited by Ataahua on Dec 11 2008, 4:58am)

Tol Eressea

Dec 10 2008, 2:34pm

Post #2 of 26 (323 views)
Fascinating! [In reply to] Can't Post

I have been a Science Fiction fan since the 1950s, so I've seen it change. Faster-than-light travel has been around, but I also chose stabilized wormholes, laser guns and artifical intelligence just because these are things I like to see in the books I read. Without FTL or wormholes, there is not much story because of time and distance contstraints.

AlassŽa Eruvande

Dec 10 2008, 2:52pm

Post #3 of 26 (351 views)
I voted for Time Travel, [In reply to] Can't Post

without realizing you could vote for more than one. So if some nice admin reading this would also tick "lightsabers" for me, I'll be your best friend.

I think time travel would be awesome to try, but if it ever became a reality, we'd be royally messed up. Just think of all the do-gooders who'd go back in time to eradicate this or that bad guy and inadvertantly affect the outcome of so many other interconnected things.

And my uncle the physicist would tell you that if you can go faster than light, you *are* time-travelling. Tongue

Light sabers would be cool weapons to have, too. I don't think they'd be any worse than any other RL weapon. It would probably be a pain to have to carry around extra batteries, but no more so than carrying around extra bullets. Plus I would love to see all the gangstas trying to shove a lightsaber down the front of their pants. ShockedLaugh

Idril Celebrindal
Tol Eressea

Dec 10 2008, 4:56pm

Post #4 of 26 (333 views)
Forget gangstas ... [In reply to] Can't Post

Imagine if Plaxico Burress shoved a lightsaber down his pants.

Evil Angelic Cool

PS: For our TORNsibs outside the USA or who don't follow sports, he's the NFL player who accidentally shot himself in the thigh at a nightclub with a handgun hidden in his sweatpants.

PPS: Yes, sweatpants. In a nightclub. The mind boggles.

Superuser / Moderator

Dec 10 2008, 6:06pm

Post #5 of 26 (313 views)
'Lightsabers + 1' - done. :) / [In reply to] Can't Post


Tol Eressea

Dec 10 2008, 8:53pm

Post #6 of 26 (328 views)
Time travel and teleportation [In reply to] Can't Post

Teleportation because it'd be cool to never have to get stuck in traffic again. Though, you'd have less of an excuse for turning up late!

Time travel... just so I could go back and observe things from history that interest me. Or, see how certain stories that have been embellished over the years really happened!

And sometimes when I mess up with something I'd love to be able to hop back and fix it! Though I'm pretty sure it's not the right thing to do!


Dec 11 2008, 12:14am

Post #7 of 26 (316 views)
I will take a TARDIS please. [In reply to] Can't Post

Goes anywhere in time and space? Yes please.


Dec 11 2008, 2:51am

Post #8 of 26 (325 views)
My two favorites [In reply to] Can't Post

are the Transporter from Star Trek and the Millenium Falcon. That way you could always get where you were going.

<Picturing beaming into a U2 concert Evil>

What a grand question! Now to find people who can make them real!



Dec 11 2008, 5:01pm

Post #9 of 26 (281 views)
hard choice but [In reply to] Can't Post

I picked the first two. Time Travel would be really cool. It's even scary to think about. The possibilities are endless.

Idril Celebrindal
Tol Eressea

Dec 11 2008, 6:20pm

Post #10 of 26 (292 views)
I'd love to have an intelligent house [In reply to] Can't Post

This would fall under artificial intelligence (plus robotics), but I'd love to have an intelligent house like the ones that Ray Bradbury wrote about. OK, so maybe not just like them (IIRC, one of his houses becomes homicidal); perhaps a somewhat smart house that can clean and repair itself but does not cater to its inhabitants every whim. (I'm looking at a big housecleaning before Christmas and some plumbing repairs, and I'm so not into either of them.)

Time travel and FTL space travel would be super-cool, too, especially if combined in a TARDIS.

As for cyborgs -- humans with implanted mechanical/electronic/robotic parts -- we've got 'em already. My dad is one. He's got an implanted pacemaker-defibrillator that's basically a robotic adjunct to his heart's electrical system. And a friend has a bionic bust (reconstructive surgery after breast cancer) and a bionic hip (joint replacement), making her a cyborg too. My cousin might also count as a cyborg, since she's got an insulin pump (i.e., a bionic pancreas).

(This post was edited by Idril Celebrindal on Dec 11 2008, 6:27pm)


Dec 11 2008, 7:36pm

Post #11 of 26 (284 views)
I don't know about 'coolest' [In reply to] Can't Post

... I'm never good at declaring anything the 'best' but I think holodecks are pretty cool. Roleplaying taken to a whole new level.


Dec 12 2008, 5:47am

Post #12 of 26 (257 views)
Heh! [In reply to] Can't Post

I just finished reading Thursday Next: First Among Sequels, in which the author posits that time travel is impossible, under the principle of scrambled eggs...i.e., what's done is done, and you can't go back and "undone" it. Laugh

(Of course, it made a lot more sense, and was a lot funnier, how he put it...Crazy)

AlassŽa Eruvande

Dec 12 2008, 2:07pm

Post #13 of 26 (288 views)
NOOooooo! I'm a Cyborg!!!! Waaaa! [In reply to] Can't Post

I've got a defibrillator/pacemaker thingie, too! Laugh

Little Eruvande calls it a robot.

Idril Celebrindal
Tol Eressea

Dec 12 2008, 5:15pm

Post #14 of 26 (303 views)
You're the Bionic Woman! [In reply to] Can't Post

Pick whichever one you like better -- the peppy 1970s one or the angsty 2000s one. Sly

We started calling my dad the "Six million dollar man" after he got his pacemaker-defibrillator.

(This post was edited by Idril Celebrindal on Dec 12 2008, 5:19pm)

Tol Eressea

Dec 12 2008, 7:18pm

Post #15 of 26 (265 views)
Travel obsessed [In reply to] Can't Post

Teleportation, time travel and faster than light travel should be the greatest discoveries for man kind if they ever come to be.

Superuser / Moderator

Dec 12 2008, 7:40pm

Post #16 of 26 (247 views)
Yes, it's fascinating [In reply to] Can't Post

that travel technology is leaving gadgets in the dust. Are we genetically programmed to want to see what's on the other side of the hill, or are we just really impatient to get there? ;P

Tol Eressea

Dec 12 2008, 9:20pm

Post #17 of 26 (242 views)
Maybe both... [In reply to] Can't Post

But mainly impacient. Tongue We like to see what's out there... but we want to be out there fast.


Dec 12 2008, 10:10pm

Post #18 of 26 (244 views)
I'm just looking for a way to get to work on time. [In reply to] Can't Post

Without, you know, having to leave enough time for the commute. Laugh

Superuser / Moderator

Dec 12 2008, 11:59pm

Post #19 of 26 (394 views)
Hah! Fair enough! / [In reply to] Can't Post



Jan 13 2009, 1:32pm

Post #20 of 26 (271 views)
I stand by my SW obsession [In reply to] Can't Post

And I will maintain that lightsabers are awesome.

One Ringer
Tol Eressea

Jan 14 2009, 12:23am

Post #21 of 26 (242 views)
Lightsabers for sure ... [In reply to] Can't Post

Transforming swords into one of the most powerful futuristic weapons of all time was just genious. Plus, it makes for some excellent fan films. Cool


Jan 14 2009, 7:34pm

Post #22 of 26 (316 views)
Miniskirts and catsuits [In reply to] Can't Post

The outfits the ladies wore on those old scifi pulp covers could really get a boy's blood going.

Uhura is the coolest scifi creation ever.


Jan 16 2009, 12:42am

Post #23 of 26 (177 views)
hmm... [In reply to] Can't Post

really hard to choose! I'd say the best sci-fi movie series is, definitely, The Matrix. It's fabulous.


Jan 24 2009, 7:39pm

Post #24 of 26 (192 views)
SCI-FI creations [In reply to] Can't Post

along with a lot of the ones mentioned in the poll, i'm also always fascinated by all the medical
technology they come with. like in 'star trek', they just wave a hand held device over the persons
body, and have all the info. they need for the diagnosis. in 'star wars', they mechanicaly attach a
brand spankin new robotic hand on luke, apparntly pain free, and in no time he's good to go.
i could go on and on, but i think you get my drift. The medical miracles they've come up with for the
future are GREAT!
Oh, and YES, I would love for them to be made for real.


Feb 1 2009, 4:41am

Post #25 of 26 (222 views)
Lightsabers [In reply to] Can't Post

kssshh! zmmmmwooshzmmmmKISHSKREESKASHzmmmmmshwiiit. Yeah.

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