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September 21 2006

This One's For the Scoobies. The science-meets-pop-culture book, The Physics of the Buffyverse by Jennifer Ouellette breaks down the science behind all the fights, magic, alternate universes and time warps.

The science all involves keyboards, Macs and a word processor, and a bit of fan wank. Weeeeeeeeeeeee!
I may as well be the first to point out that there is both a dimension without shrimp, and one with nothing but.
I must be crazy, I just got sort of choked up reading the word "Scoobies".

[EDIT: I must be "un-learning how to write. "I'm must?" Where did I learn to write that?]

[ edited by Numfar PTB on 2006-09-22 11:42 ]
The link is new, but the info isn't. The book has been mentioned here before.
Bah. All the "science of" books are basically the same. String theory for alternate dimensions, bio-enhancement for superpowers, mass-hypnosis for people in the streets performing musical numbers, etc. etc. And seriously, do we really care for a show like Buffy? Star Trek I can see, because its actually based on solid scientific theory, but Buffy is a fantasy show, some stuff just wasn't supposed to make sense.
Jona wrote
I may as well be the first to point out that there is both a dimension without shrimp, and one with nothing but.

Darn, beat me to it.

However, the dimension without shrimp became more of a running joke. (Or would that be a swimming joke?)
Star Trek I can see, because its actually based on solid scientific theory

*cough* *splutter* ;-)

(OK, some of it is in fairness but the Heisenberg compensators among many others ? Not so much)

And yep, this has come up before. I think maybe we had a link to the author's page a while back ? Memory pretty fuzzy though.
I think maybe we had a link to the author's page a while back? Memory pretty fuzzy though.

Saje,
Try re-running it through the transporter pattern buffer. That usually cleared up those sorts of problems.
Star Trek: The Next Generation was always fun for the physics undergraduates, who would divide into two teams during the airing of each episode. One team would scoff, the other would desperately try to come up with justifications.

I suspect that this book will yield more of the same fun!
Try re-running it through the transporter pattern buffer

*slaps forehead* Of course, sheesh, and there was me trying a narrow band filter applied to an inverted boson field routed through the deflector array ? What was I thinking ?
Saje, the simpler, more direct solution is *always* best. . . . You brainy types always make things way too complicated! ;-}

Funny, I remember multiple mentions of the "only shrimp" dimension, but can't come up with any memory of a dimension without any. The dimension with nothing but shrimp even made a crossover to AtS, when Illyria, speaking of past glories, talked to Wesley of striding through dimensions, even visiting the "all shrimp" one--though she claimed not to have stayed there because she didn't like it. Loved it!
The no-shrimp world gets mentioned alongside the all-shrimp dimension when Anya is trying to explain multiple dimensions to the Scoobies the first time - it might have been in the Jonathan Superstar episode, my memory is fuzzy on that point (maybe suffering from a dekyon particle wave distortion). But I do remember Tara getting excited about the dimension with no shrimp, because she's allergic.

[ edited by barboo on 2006-09-22 06:22 ]
Thanks for the memory nudge, barboo. I remember the shrimpless parts now. Oooh. That sentence needs parsing. . . .

Anyway, no worries about dekyon particle wave distortion. The episode *was* the Jonathan "Superstar" one.
Maybe this is a good place to plug the Buffyverse Dialogue Database, for all those elusive BtVS and AtS references you can't quite recall. I have no personal connection with this site, but it can be very useful!
Maeve, thanks for that link.

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