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Jul 18

Great article on what really happens when flushed out at airlock. Good scifi research here…

As a scifi writer, I love the idea of throwing the bad guy out of an airlock. It’s like the ultimate in poetic justice. Better than taking a lame blaster to the heart, or being eaten by a space slug, or falling into a star. But what really happens to the human body when suddenly exposed to total vacuum? How do I describe it to the reader?

I ran across a great article on Gizmodo last week that sums it up quite nicely. Keep the science tight and accurate, and you can still have a really entertaining death scene. Here’s the article:

http://gizmodo.com/5924522/what-really-happens-when-you-get-sucked-out-of-an-airlock

Love the closing paragraph:

So, while the end of your life in space may not be nearly as dramatic as Hollywood would have you believe, exposure to its vacuous expanse is still going to suck. And, more than likely, you’re going to die. Sorry. Just remember to breathe out first. 

And here’s a great GIF of a classic vacuum-exposure scene. Any other movies come to mind for you?

 

About the author

Steve Umstead

Steve Umstead has been the owner of a Caribbean & Mexico travel company for the past ten+ years, but never forgot his lifelong dream of becoming an author. After a successful stab at National Novel Writing Month, he decided to pursue his dream more vigorously…but hasn’t given up the traveling.
Steve lives in scenic (tongue-in-cheek) New Jersey with his wife, two kids, and several bookshelves full of other authors’ science fiction novels. Gabriel’s Redemption was his debut novel, published in February of 2011.

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  1. shayfabbro

    One of my FAVS is from Event Horizon. Totally freaked me out.

    1. Steve Umstead

      That entire movie freaked me out…

      1. shayfabbro

        I love it so much!!!!! lol The one part I can’t watch is where the chick falls after thinking she sees her kid. WAY too realistic and her swallowing once as she’s lying in a poll of amber liquid mixing with her own blood is just too much

      2. shayfabbro

        Crap!! Now I have to watch it!

  2. W.E. Linde

    Outland…nothing like watching Sean Connery maneuver bad guys into various juicy vacuum-detonations,

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