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The Fatal Science Flaw of the Premise of Interstellar

Interstellar my be visually stunning, but it does have a scientific fatal flaw

The Fall Lineup for the Star Trek Channel

Make Me Laugh. Can anyone make Mr. Spock crack even a tiny smile?

Do Black Holes Really Exist?

Black Holes are probably here to stay, says our resident investigator of quasars

The Perfect Science Fiction Formula Forgotten?

Has science disappeared from science fiction?

I Want To Believe: the “Impossible Space Drive”

"To dream, the impossible dream, to reach the unreachable star..."

Religious People Talking About Aliens?!

I think it's a bit unlikely aliens would be that interested in Earth-based religions, but you never know. They're like, aliens, you know?

Mars in Books and Movies, but Where’s the Dramatic TV Series?

Why no Mars TV? (Let's hope we don't have to wait for the reality show...)

Not Quite Science or Science Fiction: Cranks

Whether or not the sun is hollow, there is mounting evidence that some heads certainly are!

The Science to Science Fiction Transition: Teleportation

Beam Me Up Scotty has become a catch phrase - but is it possible?

The Science to Science Fiction Transition

We often talk about the SF that inspires science. Today, a look at the equation from the other side.

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...

Back in the 1990s I remember reading several articles, concerning different projects, describing how the Hubble Space Telescope had just "discovered a black hole...

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.

Exoplanets and the Steady Pace of Established Science

A little history on the discovery of exoplanets from an astronomer who was there at the beginning.

Muslims Forbidden To Go To Mars

Believe it or not, a fatwa has been issued barring Muslims from participating in the Mars One program. Mike gives us the details.

Newsflash America: Astrology is Not Scientific!

Astrology is not scientific, even if nearly half of America thinks it might be.

Launch Pad now Open for Applications

A long running astronomy workshop for writers (presented by astronomers who are writers) has opened its doors to applications for a new session. Sign up now!

Fantasy Novels to Appeal to the Science Fiction Reader and Vice...

Mike Brotherton - 'hard' scientist, recommends a few fantasy novels that might appeal to readers of 'hard' science fiction.

Through Alien Eyes

New app technologies are expanding the range of human senses, Mike Brotherton wants to expand his.

I Love Science Fiction, But I Don’t Love THAT

Mike Brotherton explains that even when you love science fiction with a passion above everything else, it's OK not to like ALL of it...really.

The NASA Brand Around the World

NASA put men on the moon. No one else has even come close. NASA needs to be supported.

Space Psychology, Future Shock, and Human Tenacity

In some ways, we're already preparing ourselves for living in the future.

Superhero Science

I love superheroes. I love science. I love movies. I love putting together things I love.

Springer’s “Science and Fiction” Series Launched!

How does Einstein’s description of space and time compare with Dr. Who? Can James Bond really escape from an armor-plated railroad car by cutting through the floor with a laser concealed in a wristwatch?

Day of the Dead: Remembering Ten Great SF Writers

Gone but most certainly not forgotten. Ten great SF writers.

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.

Gravity and the Issue of Art vs. Science

I saw the visually stunning movie Gravity last week and overall enjoyed it very much.

I Hope You See Something I Don’t

The Mars Curiosity rover, with a finite lifetime, is sleeping on the job. I wonder if it dreams. Apparently we've stopped.

An Interview with Kevin R. Grazier, Science Consultant for GRAVITY

Kevin R. Grazier is a planetary scientist and friend of mine who has regularly landed gigs as a science consultant on a number of popular Hollywood movies and TV shows. Including GRAVITY.