publication date: Thursday, February 4, 2021 (part of Winter 2021)
clue: This physicist so profoundly advanced our understanding of the universe that it's possible to imagine aliens someday visiting our nation.
explanation: Einstein inspired the name of Albert Einstein on Alien Nation. more…
intended difficulty: very easy
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, Ruth Cichoski, and Alexis Andino
Science fiction is a genre of ideas, and the best ideas are the ones connected to reality. This two-week theme presents 14 real-life people who inspired the names of characters in sci-fi TV shows, including shows with fantastical elements not normally considered sci-fi. Dr. Who, I presume?