The Engineer column

SCI FI EYE

I write a science fiction column for the UK’s Engineer magazine, which has been reporting on engineering innovation since 1856.

The column, “SciFi Eye”, is part of a new look for the mag, and sees me speculate on how recent engineering news might inspire the science fiction imagination.

img_1982Jan 2016:All dressed up with nowhere to go: the dystopian world of ‘smart’ dressings

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 2016: The new Beetlemania.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mar 2016: The future is in our grasp: robotic limbs are propelling us into the future

 

 

 

 

 

theinvisiblemanApr 2016: Picturing a future of human invisibility

 

 

 

 

 

e_coli_at_10000x_originalMay 2016: Making the most of the microbes: some unlikely heroes and villains in the form of bacteria.

 

 

 

 

 

fullerene_nanogears_-_gpn-2000-001535Jun 2016: Is resistance futile? Taming the nanotech swarm.

 

 

 

 

 

sun_980Jul 2016: Something new under the sun: This month, the dark future of solar power

 

 

 

 

 

Volvo Cars and Uber join forces to develop autonomous driving carsSep 2016: Driverless dream or autonomous nightmare? The future pros and cons of driverless cars

 

 

 

 

 

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Sep 2016: The Shape of things to come: Mr HG Wells, author of popular scientific romance The Time Machine, turns the pages of The Engineer for clues as to the shape of our future