As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

SCIENCE: Surgery in Space Will Be Messy – Live Science

surgery - pixabay

There’s already enough to worry about when planning a one-way trip to Mars. Did you pack enough sunblock to deflect the deadly cosmic radiation? Will there be enough water there? What if your assigned procreation partner doesn’t like you? Now, scientists writing in the British Journal of Surgery have provided one more thing to fear: floating blobs of infectious bodily fluids. According to the authors of a new paper published last week (June 19), runaway blood, urine and fecal matter are just some of myriad possible complications of space surgery that likely await future astronauts. In a review of studies … Read more


Medicine - pixabay

FOR WRITERS Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Victoria Stagg Elliott: Currently there are several medical procedures that are routinely carried out on infants and children (vaccination, circumcision, etc.) I don’t want to get into the merits of these procedures, but what procedures could you see becoming routine in the future for either adults or children and how could they form the basis of a really cool queer sci-fi novel? Join the chat

Advanced Medical Magic

Today’s topic comes from QSFer Hank T. Cannon: “How do you handle the social effects of “advanced medical magic” in a fantasy or science-fantasy setting? Are there economic gates preventing access to everyone? Has the legal system evolved to deal with verifiable reincarnations and resurrections? Do intrabloodline intrigues expressly involve ways to make sure old rich granddad stays dead do they can finally inherit (Or is inheritance outdated)? Are afterlives actually counted as part of the population and their inhabitants just another demographic of the planet/nation entity?” Lots to unpack here – but let’s start with the intersection of medicine … Read more