You've encountered technobabble when Doc Brown is shouting about flux capacitors in Back To The Future, or when Isaac Asimov writes about positronic brains. Astrophysicist Katie Mack and NASA JPL technologist Manan Arya discuss how science fact relates to science fiction.
This episode is a collaboration with Eric Molinsky of Imaginary Worlds; listen to his episode about technobabble here.
- Really, though: listen to the Imaginary Worlds episode in which we talk a lot more about technobabble, especially how it works in science fiction.
- So many damn acronyms! Need to tell the NFL (National Football League) from the NFL (No Fun League)? Acronym Finder has you covered.
- Star Trek technobabble generator.
- How different languages write out animal noises.
- NASA's Juno mission and the goddess Juno.
- Who coined 'black hole'?
- The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction is the technobabble technobible.
- Jennifer Ouellette, who appears on Eric's Technobabble episode, on being a Hollywood science consultant.
- The transcript of this episode is at theallusionist.org/transcripts/technobabble.
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- Eric Molinsky makes the terrific podcast Imaginary Worlds. Find it at imaginaryworldspodcast.org, and on Twitter @ImaginWorldsPod. He also wrote the new episode of Radiotopia's The Truth, 'Brain Chemistry'.
- Katie Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist. Find her at astrokatie.com and on Twitter @astrokatie.
- Manan Arya is a technician and 'space origami artist' (seriously!) at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He's on Twitter @spacemanan and his website is mananarya.com.
- This episode was produced by me, Helen Zaltzman; the music is by Martin Austwick.
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