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  • faster-than-light
  • full truck load
  • for the loss
  • for the lulz


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  • In the 'rules' of the fictional universe where FTL is possible, that was a brilliant strategy in the fight and unreal in its portrayal on the screen.

    Battlestar Galactica: Razor - To Watch Or Not?

  • The question about terraforming and FTL is answered in movie -- the whole verse is one solar system where every single planet and moon has been terraformed -- rendered habitable by artificial means.

    Is Firefly Good Sci-Fi?

  • FTL is actually a metaphysical conceit as much as magic is.

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  • Sure, FTL is more trouble than its worth, but the society mankind has made is really cool.

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  • (Without omniscient magical sensors, FTL is a way of getting lost really quickly.)

    Boing Boing: March 10, 2002 - March 16, 2002 Archives

  • You can use it to create correlations FTL, which is useful for cryptography, but if you want to communicate you still need a classical communications channel alongside the entanglement channel.

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  • So, in short, the things that (IMO) made Firefly bad sci fi were: too much sex, not balancing sex with other aspects of human relationships, failure to address the classic problems of the genre (such as FTL travel and terraforming), too much preachiness (for gay rights and for a "naturalistic" worldview, ie atheism), and clumsy treatment of the role of religion in human interactions and the big unanswerable questions.

    Is Firefly Good Sci-Fi?

  • The wild card is the development of some kind of FTL Heim theory or traversible wormholes.

    The Present and the Future, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Nailor does a good job here discussing some of the myths in science fiction and basically pointing out that if you intend to write SF, even if you don't know the science and you're simply making something up that can't happen anyway such as FTL travel, you still need to present it in a way that works.

    The Complete Guide to Writing SF Vol. One

  • -- "FTL"; plus an array of poems and other features.

    Asimov's Science Fiction


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