Clever Twitter Account Imagines Realistic, Bureaucracy-Filled Sci-Fi

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Oct. 11 2013 7:31 PM

Clever Twitter Account Imagines Realistic, Bureaucracy-Filled Sci-Fi

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Lab tests. Cue the dramatic music.

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Alfonso Cuarón’s space blockbuster Gravity has won over experts, like Slate’s Phil Plait, who called it “incredible” (italics his) and said that when it came to the science, “it got so much right.” But Plait still found some inaccuracies, as did astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who took to Twitter to call out “Gravity mysteries.”

So what might a more accurate science movie look like? For that, you can consult the excellent new Twitter account @HardSciFiMovies. It’s not quite an anti-Gravity machine, but it tries to stay down to Earth.

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@HardSciFiMovies, which launched Oct. 8, has been issuing pithy story lines that might not lend themselves to the destruction of mankind—but would more accurately capture how science works in the real world.

That means overcoming setbacks that would set disaster in motion if tackled by screenwriters:

HardSciFi-Lightning

And being realistic about limitations:

HardSciFi-Mothership

And of course, we can’t forget bureaucracy:

HardSciFi-Senate funding

But don't worry, there's still room for CGI:

HardScFi-MichaelBay

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Torie Bosch is the editor of Future Tense, a project of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State that looks at the implications of new technologies. 

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