publication date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 (part of Winter 2021)

category: Science

clue: This mycologist's input as a consultant was so invaluable to TV writers that wanted their ship to exceed warp speed by traversing an interstellar mycelial network that they named an astromycologist after him in gratitude.

explanation: Stamets inspired the name of Paul Stamets on Star Trek: Discovery. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Samir Mehta, Richard Slominsky, Erik Bates, Aaron Shurtleff, Ruth Cichoski, and Alexis Andino

Sci-Fi Namesakes: 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?

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