On why there needs to be more marine biology and synthetic biology inspired speculative fiction

A larval form of an Aglaura hemistoma jellyfish, picture by Ryo Minemizu

Forgive me for the long Victorian-style title. I’m reading On the Origin of Species (finally) right now. One of the endlessly ongoing debates in science fiction is this: What, exactly, is hard science fiction? I have always taken it for granted that hard science fiction is just sci fi that …

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