The Blurry Line Between Science and Science Fiction

Is science killing science fiction? Is science fiction distorting the public’s perception of science? Is it possible to write an entertaining SF story AND get the science right? (Or, now we know what it takes to get an astronaut to loose his cool: Dying in space – part of the job. Conspiracy nuts calling you a coward? There ya go!)

“Most Earth-Like” Planet Found Yet…Again. Get used to it, and enjoy it!

Back in the 1990s I remember reading several articles, concerning different projects, describing how the Hubble Space Telescope had just “discovered a black hole for the first time.”  In almost every case it was indirect evidence, usually but not always better than evidence previously in hand.  In almost every case, it was a good and […]

What State Does Best in a Zombie Apocalypse?

No other state has a shared love of zombie movies and guns like Wyoming. While New Yorkers are having their brains eaten in cafes and elevators, the fine people of Wyoming will be sitting on the front porch with a shotgun enjoying a prolonged zombie hunting season.

Drake on Drake’s Equation

I’ve seen our knowledge of exoplanets go from nothing to thousands in less than two decades. I’m optimistic that within the next two we’ll know if there is life out there.