featured | Creative science fiction themes from television show Fringe

Series on Popular Mechanics magazine explores where fiction meets fact.
January 1, 2016

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tele. show title: Fringe
created by: JJ Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
total no. episodes: 100

year: 2008 | season 1 — 20 episodes
year: 2009 | season 2 — 23 episodes
year: 2010 | season 3 — 22 episodes
year: 2011 | season 4 — 22 episodes
year: 2012 | season 5 — 13 episodes

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Fox | Fringe explores the unexplained phenomena and terrifying occurrences linked throughout the world – known simply as “The Pattern” — in pursuit of a larger, more shocking truth.

Set in Boston, the FBI’s Fringe Division formed when Special Agent Olivia Dunham enlisted the help of institutionalized “fringe” scientist Walter Bishop and his son, Peter, to save her partner and lover from a mind-bending death.

Through unconventional and unorthodox methods, the Fringe team imagines and tests the impossibilities while investigating unbelievable events, macabre crimes, and mystifying cases involving pyrokinesis, neuroscience, cryonics, genetic engineering, astral projection, and other fantastical theories. When the unimaginable happens, it’s their job to stop it.

Underscoring the unfolding mysteries, enigmatic Massive Dynamic executive Nina Sharp asserts that the advancement of technology is changing the world of science, and conversely, the science of the world.

Agent Phillip Broyles guides the group, while by-the-book Agent Charlie Francis and Junior Agent Astrid Farnsworth provide support and depth to the team.

Fun with Fringe | Weighing in on the show’s fact and fiction science:

Fringe Is on the Right Track with Code-Cracking Science | Popular Mechanics

Fringe Season Finale Flirts with Theoretical Physics | Popular Mechanics

Fringe’s Misplaced Memory Science: Sci Fi Fact vs Fiction Popular Mechanics
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How Fringe Gets Memory Science Wrong: Hollywood Fact vs. Fiction | Popular Mechanics

Can Worms Help Recover Memory? Fringe Fact vs Fiction | Popular Mechanics

Fringe Gets Fast Aging and Frozen Optics Wrong in Episode 2: Reality Check | Popular Mechanics

From LSD Brain to Dead Autopilot, Fringe Premiere Skirts Reality | Popular Mechanics

On Fringe, Radiation Ghoul is Pure Fiction | Popular Mechanics

Fringe Double Feature Plays with Mutation and Exorcism | Popular Mechanics

On Fringe, Brain-Computer Interface Chips Have Real-Life Inspiration | Popular Mechanics

Fringe’s Human Mutant Not Possible, Says Expert | Popular Mechanics

Fringe Season Two Premiere Misrepresents Head Trauma Popular Mechanics

Fringe takes on Spontaneous Human Combustion, Gets Burned | Popular Mechanics

Fringe’s Human Bomb Proposes Proximity Fuses, Strange Serums | Popular Mechanics

Is Fringe’s Ritalin-Inspired Mind Control Cocktail Possible? | Popular Mechanics

Could Someone Really Teleport Out of Jail?: Fringe Fact vs. Fiction | Popular Mechanics

On Fringe, Radioactivity is Real, But Cures are Junk Science | Popular Mechanics

Fringe’s Killer Biological Weapon is Rooted in Fact | Popular Mechanics

Fringe Fact v. Fiction: Could Your Brain Actually Turn to Goo? | Popular Mechanics

Fringe Pushes Probability to the Limit as Characters Walk Through Walls | Popular Mechanics

Does Fringe’s Virus Eradication Plan Hold Up? | Popular Mechanics

Fringe’s Stomach Science is Part Fact, Part Fiction | Popular Mechanics

Scientists Say Fringe Parasites are Far From Realistic: Hollywood Fact vs. Fiction | Popular Mechanics

Scientists Debunk Personal Electromagnetic Fields on Fringe: Sci-Fi Fact vs. Fiction | Popular Mechanics

Cells Skirt Reality and Supersize on Fringe: Hollywood Fact vs Fiction | Popular Mechanics

Fringe Takes on Spinal Fluid: The Science Misses the Mark | Popular Mechanics

Is Fringe’s Genetic Monster Possible? | Popular Mechanics

Fringe’s Brain Science Flirts with Facts in 3rd Episode: Hollywood Fact vs. Fiction | Popular Mechanics

Fringe Finale Bends, But Conserves the Laws of Physics | Popular Mechanics

Questions for Fringe Stars: A Love Affair With Out-There Science | Popular Mechanics

Fringe’s Fiery New Eruption Puzzles Materials Scientists | Popular Mechanics

Fringe’s Parapsychology and Sleep Science are Slim on Facts | Popular Mechanics

Fringe’s Music to Math Connection Contains as Much Fact as Fiction | Popular Mechanics

Can Parasites Heal as Well as Harm? Fringe Fact vs Fiction | Popular Mechanics

Could a Designer Virus Turn You Into a Monster? | Popular Mechanics

fan art series | for Fringe
Series by artist Laura Racero.

poster downloads: available here

— no. 1 —
poster: Walter Bishop PhD
artist: by Laura Racero

— no. 2 —
poster: Olivia Dunham
artist: by Laura Racero

— no. 3 —
poster: Peter Bishop
artist: by Laura Racero