Joelle Renstrom

Joelle Renstrom lives in Boston, where she teaches and writes about all things geeky. Her blog, Could This Happen?, explores the relationship between science and science fiction.

Future Tense
March 14 2014 8:25 AMThe Most Terrifying Kids’ BookA transhumanist wants children to know that Death Is Wrong.
Future Tense
July 11 2013 10:36 AMIsaac Asimov Would Love Pacific Rim's Robots
Future Tense
Jan. 9 2013 12:36 PMWhat Would Aldous Huxley Say About Our Always-Connected Society?
Future Tense
June 26 2012 3:00 PMCould the Earth’s Rotation Really Slow Down Like It Does in the New Novel The Age of Miracles?
Future Tense
Jan. 8 2014 10:41 AMHere’s How to Convince the Public That We Need to Invest in Space Exploration
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March 29 2013 11:21 AMHow Farfetched Is the Clone Conspiracy on BBC America's Orphan Black?
Future Tense
Aug. 8 2012 10:55 AMImplanting Memories Like in Total Recall: Could It Happen?


War Stories

The Right Target

Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.

The One National Holiday Republicans Hope You Forget

It’s Legal for Obama to Bomb Syria Because He Says It Is

I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights

Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.

Should You Recline Your Seat? Two Economists Weigh In.


It Is Very, Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Or, why it is very, very stupid to compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice.

Building a Better Workplace

In Defense of HR

Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.

Why Is This Mother in Prison for Helping Her Daughter Get an Abortion?

The Only Good Thing That Happened at Today’s Soul-Crushing U.N. Climate Talks

  News & Politics
Sept. 23 2014 6:06 PM Nothing to See Here The one national holiday Republicans want you to forget.
Sept. 23 2014 2:08 PM Home Depot’s Former Lead Security Engineer Had a Legacy of Sabotage
Sept. 23 2014 1:57 PM Would a Second Sarkozy Presidency End Marriage Equality in France?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 23 2014 2:32 PM Politico Asks: Why Is Gabby Giffords So “Ruthless” on Gun Control?
  Slate Plus
Political Gabfest
Sept. 23 2014 3:04 PM Chicago Gabfest How to get your tickets before anyone else.
Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2014 4:45 PM Why Is Autumn the Only Season With Two Names?
Future Tense
Sept. 23 2014 5:36 PM This Climate Change Poem Moved World Leaders to Tears Today
  Health & Science
Sept. 23 2014 4:33 PM Who Deserves Those 4 Inches of Airplane Seat Space? An investigation into the economics of reclining.
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.