James CameronLast week I bemoaned the idea that the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico might be giving science fiction a bad name. But could science fiction ride to the rescue after all? First Kevin Costner, star of Waterworld and The Postman, offered up a system developed by him and his brother. Now James Cameron has been invited to brainstorm ideas for solving the oil spill crisis, according to Reuters. (Note to Costner: the government might have listened if you'd made a good science fiction movie.)

Cameron sat down with government officials, scientists, and academics in Washington yesterday. It's one of "many" such sessions held in recent weeks as the government endeavors to come to grips with the environmental crisis, and as British Petroleum continues to fail in their efforts to stop the flow of millions of gallons of oil into the gulf. One commenter on the news item suggested: "Maybe his ego can plug the hole."

Lest we forget, however, Cameron helped develop camera equipment and other deep sea submersible technology in order to film documentaries on the wrecks of the ill-fated Titanic and the German battleship Bismarck. He's a smart, inventive guy. And the prospect of the man behind Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and Avatar contributing a possible solution to one of the biggest environmental disasters in history is tremendously appealing, no matter his legendary ego.

[ Via Sci Fi Wire ]