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The Neuroscience of Darkships

By Roberts, Tedd

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Title: The Neuroscience of Darkships  
Author: Roberts, Tedd
Language: English
Subject: Nonfiction, Health, Science
Collections: Science Fiction Collection, Baen Library Collection
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Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises


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Description: Tedd Roberts explains the scientific studies of degenerative diseases of the brain and what directly causes these diseases.

Summary: Realistic descriptions and usage of science are hallmarks of Science Fiction. While The Golden Age of SF was often written by scientists, mathematicians, engineers, or those who worked intimately with science implementations and concepts, modern SF often struggles with realistic science. The portion of the genre termed Space Opera has remained true to a vision that the science is part of the story, even though it need not be the major focus. In general, SF readers tolerate a few gimmicks such as Warp Drive, Inertial Compensators and Autodocs, but the rest of the science needs to be believable based on current scientific knowledge. Sarah A. Hoyt's Darkship Renegades is most assuredly Space Opera--an epic quest, a sweeping scale, an intimate struggle between individuals, and sound--if speculative--science.

Excerpt: There are diseases currently known to twenty-first-century medical science that selectively attack synapses--Alzheimer's disease affects synapses and neuron cell bodies--but a more specific example is Myasthenia Gravis in which the body's own immune system attacks the synapse between muscle and the muscle control neurons (Motor Neurons). Many of these diseases are associated with age; it has been estimated that if humans lived long enough, we would all exhibit one or more of the degenerative diseases known to affect the human brain.

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