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Science FACT-ion #3: Time Travel

By Riley Hughes Time travel! Popularised in H.G. Well’s story The Time Machine (1895), time travel has not only become a staple in sci-fi, but in pop culture as a whole. Dramatic movies and TV shows such as About Time (2013) and Outlander (since 2014) use time travel as a …

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White Lotus – Part 1

a digital image of a drawing - on a grey background the texture of metal, there is a pale pink sword, which has a lotus flower instead of a hilt. Above the blade reads 'white lotus', and below it reads 'Wen Yu Yang'.

Wen Yu Yang is a regular contributor to Tharunka and is a team member of the UNSWeetened Literary Journal. Content warnings: minor self harm, minor gore They always underestimated how heavy bird bones could be. They remembered the hollowness, not the dense wall that enveloped it. They forgot that these …

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Science FACT-ion #2: Mars

By Riley Hughes The colonisation of Mars has captivated writers and scientists alike. Films like Total Recall (1990) explore the possibility of a sprawling metropolis while stories such as Ray Bradbury’s Dark They Were and Golden Eyed (1949) asks us what a terraformed Mars would look like. So, is there …

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Romanticising The Future

a close-up photograph of a camera lens, with purple and white light reflected in it.

By Maha Rauf  “You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” Looking for Alaska, …

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