Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ender's World Technology

Did you ever read Ender's Game wonder how the things like the Battle School and the Ansible would work in real life? I know I did when I read it. Well wonder no further, Steve Sywak,  a master engineer with backgrounds in the aerospace and entertainment industry can explain it all to you!
A fan of the novel, he has spent the last decade or more applying his knowledge to make plausible designs and explanations about how the  technology in the book could work. That's one of the things I love about Sci-Fiction is that you can use it as an inspiration to foster participation and advancements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers!

Steve devised a working engineering design for the Battle School that used book descriptions as constraints. This design included rotating and non-rotating elements As he proceeded further in the design he pioneered a unique way to shuttle people between the two and even wrote a research paper that he presented at an engineering conference. Steve also wrote the "Technology" section included in the Authorized Ender's Game Companion.

Steve has recently published via Slideshare his presentation about Ender's Game Technology at EnderCon. A convention created by Orson Scott Card in 2002 to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Ender Game short story publication. It's very interesting you should check it out!

1 comment:

  1. hi..Im student from Informatics engineering, this video is very informative, thanks for sharing :)