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FedCon 30 | Vortrag | Wüste(n) Planeten in der SF | Bettina Wurche

Dune, Star Wars, Star Trek – in many science fiction scenarios, the heroes are sent into the desert.

Deserts offer the protagonists many more challenges besides sweat and thirst, from loneliness to sandstorms to terrifying aliens.

  • What is the science behind these concepts?
  • How credible is it that an entire planet should consist only of desert?
  • Where did the creators of extraterrestrial deserts draw inspiration from humans, animals, plants and rocks of our Earth? And what survival strategies do the heroines use in their desert environment?

A brief look at how desert training is also common for space probes and astronauts at ESA and NASA to prepare them for sandy wastelands beyond Earth.

What could science fiction writers and filmmakers learn from space travelers?

Lecturer: Bettina Wurche
Duration: 60 min  -  The Lecture will be held in: german
Biologist and science journalist Bettina Wurche is a self-confessed science fiction fan. Specializing in marine biology, she has been on the trail of whales in the Arctic and Antarctic and, as a science journalist, prefers to report on oceans, whales, astrobiology and future technologies. She is also a successful science blogger and writes the science blog "meertext", about whales, squid, oceans, astrobiology and science fiction.

In science fiction fandom, she speaks about science in science fiction, takes her audience on journeys to infinite worlds, and writes about socially relevant issues in SF, such as addressing the climate crisis, in the Science Fiction Yearbook, among other publications.

Sources & additional links for Wüste(n) Planeten in der SF:

Blog, Meertext


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