The Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers

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I have some news about the workshop, but first, in case you don't know what it is... Launch Pad is a week-long workshop held every...

The Myth of Science

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Welcome internet traveler. I will be stockpiling neatly organized bits into a collective known as a blog along this portion of your journey. Do...

The British Are Coming…Again

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I've always thought that US TV shows have the ground covered when it comes to science fiction TV shows (although the UK has the...

Where is My Augmented Reality Vision?

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The blogosphere has been abuzz with Google Glass. In case you haven’t seen what this is, check out Google’s page on it here. Looks cool/nerdy,...

AI is Religion Not Science

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A few weeks ago, I posted an explanation of why it's highly unlikely that that anybody will anytime soon replicate the human brain on...

How to Host a Big Bang Theory Party

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When the tv show the Big Bang Theory first appeared, I wasn't sure I liked it.  I mean, weren't people laughing at the nerdy...

The Science Fiction Fan’s Bucket List

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I've been fortunate to be able to travel a lot and do many things I've always wanted to do.  Some of my opportunities have...

Calling All Space Cadets!

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Ever wanted to travel to outer space? Now's your chance... for real. Lynx Apollo antiperspirant have launched a competition to win a trip flying...

Ten Totally Illogical Science Fiction Premises

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Over on my own blog I wrote about eight science fiction tropes of convenience, mainly about unlikely or impossible technology or assumptions that are...

The Chocolate Teapots of the 21st Century

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Looking back at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear disaster of 3/11/2011, I ask more questions about Japanese robotics. Baudrillard and M. John Harrison are roped in to help. Also, we bought a Roomba.

Return of the Robo-Insects

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Researchers at the University of Tokyo have recently equipped moths with robotic skeletons. Why on earth would anyone do this? Not to create a...

SF Weapons 101: An Introduction

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Retro Raygun by Donsolo   Science Fiction from its earliest incarnations has always featured some sort of futuristic weaponry. From H.G. Wells’ martian heat-ray to the...

The Difference Between Thinking Like a Scientist and a Science Fiction...

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I was in graduate school for astronomy when I started taking writing seriously. The first stories I wrote that were any good and started...

Stranger Than Fiction: Space Miners Wanted

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For my first post at Amazing Stories, I was looking forward to getting a chance to introduce myself and my background, to exploring some...

I, Shebot

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If this photo gives you the creeps, congratulations, you may be human. But in another few years, it may not be so easy to tell. And as usual, science fiction is largely to blame.

Burn Your Books

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Welcome internet traveler. I will be stockpiling neatly organized bits into a collective known as a blog along this portion of your journey. Do...

Is Science Killing Science Fiction?

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Gregory Benford shared this on facebook, asking if this notion was true: Strahan, Jonathan, “Introduction,” Edge of Infinity, Solaris, 2012. This is just a short...

Who Let the Dog Out?

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Author J. M. Barrie is best remembered for creating Peter Pan, but I’m extremely fond of his comic play The Admirable Crichton – especially...

A Kepler’s Dozen

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NASA's Kepler mission has been watching a swath of the Milky Way watching for the signs of stars being eclipsed by planets in orbit...

The First Poem Written in Space

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The real scandal is that it took anyone this long to write a poem in space. The solution is easy.

Fiction and the Happy Brain

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STORY HORDER As a child, I was a story horder. I couldn't get enough of them. I was very fortunate to have parents who read...

The Speed of Science

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Science deals with a lot of high speed phenomena, like the speed of sound and the speed of light, which can make the topic...

Scientists and Stereotypes

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Older male (check), glasses (check), white lab coat (check).  A scientist!  Even without the funny hat or breaker full of red liquid, everyone recognizes...

Classic Science Fiction Science: Outland

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The science fiction movie Outland has been described as a reimaging of the western classic High Noon set in space: The setting is Io, which...

Who Cares About the Science in Science Fiction?

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I do! Let me introduce myself.  I'm an astronomer, a professor at the University of Wyoming, and a science fiction writer.  I've been blogging for...