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Blurring Line between Imagination and Reality

Yesterday, I watched a program on National Geographic Channel about Space Elevators.

Apparently, the scientists are working hard on building a direct line of contact between earth and other planets.

The rough concept is that a nano-material of infinite strength would be stretched between a specific location on earth and a space station, and then a trolley or lift be installed on that line. The resulting elevator can be used to reach outer planets and space instead of the expensive fuel gobbling rockets and satellites!

While, this ongoing research gave me a 1000 Watt shock and in typical human response, my mind denied to accept this concept, my heart was nevertheless stirred by the probability of an impossible feat being possible.

So, just like a true blue fiction aficionado, I began searching the net for more information on this unique concept of Space Elevators. And, guess what did I discover?

The concept is not at all a new idea of a hot shot scientist, but was actually the brain child of Arthur C. Clarke, a famous Sci-Fi author, who wrote a book called “Fountains of Paradise” way back in 1979. This book had the concept of space elevator integral to the storyline and may be called the very origin of this strange idea.

As I digested this new piece of information, my mind became full of all the novel concepts and theories that our brilliant story writers regularly pour out in their creative fictions.

Be it the Tele Prompter or Thought Police of 1984 or the build up of a heavenly prison in Thundergod or the good old concept of Alternate Reality of Star Trek, I seriously believe that humans are only limited by their imagination. Once a thought is put on paper or even uttered, it circulates fast, germinates in another mind and in no time takes roots and grows fruits in the Labs of Science.

So, technically, all we have to do is accept that there is a very thin line between Science and Fiction, and if we are passionate enough this line can be soon blurred to integrate Imagination and Reality.

The proliferation of Google and Wikipedia has already reduced the knowledge of world to a single click. The Facebook and Twitter are shortening the distance between people at the speed of light. And, with the help of new age games, Virtual Reality has entered our drawing rooms. So, the time is not far enough when the fictional creativity would be transformed into common reality!

If you have read a good book or article lately that popped some unthinkable ideas in your brain, pour them out in Comments section, we are all ears!

4 Comments

  1. Reader Gal says:

    SIR Arthur C. Clarke was also a mathematician, scientist and inventor. His science fiction was based on hard science and the space elevator utilizes a well known scientific principle of conservation of energy. It is only the initial energy cost of getting the cable into space and of course the technology to develop a suitable cable that are barriers to it working.

  2. Good to know that, Reader Gal. I would love to read the Sci Fi by Clarke. And, yes the programme I have talked about in my article was based on the ongoing research to making that most important cable material.

  3. Sourabh Saxena says:

    Recalling H G Wells’ “The Invisible Man”, this particular figment of fiction though has been used extensively in motion pictures since its publication, is yet to see the light of the day. If ever invented by Man, this would be a major controversial reality arising out of science fiction and will certainly open a Pandora’s box of social, ethical, moral issues.

  4. Well said, Saurabh. Invisible Man is indeed one of the most fantasized possibility and you are quite right about its implications. But, sadly, it is true for most of the scientific advances and new technologies. The nuclear energy is a wonderful source of power but it was indeed first used for destruction 🙁 I hope the better sense will prevail and whatever new fantasies come true, would act for the better of society.

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