Jaime Ruiz-Avila and Patrick Delahanty examine technology in science fiction and explain how it works (or how it might work) in reality. New episodes are posted periodically. Call in with your tech support questions on our voice mail line at (762) 233-7828.
Umbilicus, Lightsabers, & Lightning Guns
We had a second episode of Sci-Fi Tech Support, but technical glitches and a poor Internet connection made it unsalvageable. Nearly a year later, Jaime and Patrick tried again. This episode, recorded in November 2015, revisits Mystery Science Theater 3000's umbilicus linking The Satellite of Love to Earth. We also discuss how magnets could be used to create lightsabers such as those seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and did you know the U.S. Army is shooting lightning bolts down laser beams? Finally, we want to know from our listeners how you think "Help me Obi-Wan"-style holograms might work.
Bigger on the Inside, Sonic Screwdriver, & Umbilicus
This is the first beta episode of Sci-Fi Tech Support. Jaime and Patrick talk about the concept of "bigger on the inside" as seen in the TARDIS in Doctor Who, The Doctor's sonic screwdriver and advances in science that are making sound waves able to manipulate objects, and the plausibility of Mystery Science Theater 3000's umbilicus linking The Satellite of Love to Earth.