Robots and Cyborgs and Androids, Oh My!

Author's Note: Last week I wrote about one of my favorite Star Wars characters, Admiral Motti played by Richard LeParmentier. It is with disappointment...

IT’S (NOT) ROCKET SCIENCE: Distant Habitable Moons

A recent report in Astrobiology raised the possibility of new places to look for extraterrestrial life: on the moons of distant planets.  Astronomers have...

The Coolest Thing I’ve Seen All Week

I'm an astronomer, but I also have a background in engineering, and when I was six, dinosaurs rivaled space for my primary interest.  I'm...

Science Fiction Wishful Thinking

There are a number of science fiction tropes that might come true at some point, but not necessarily within our lifetimes or near future. ...

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Kristina Grifantini

Welcome to the Amazing Stories BLOG HORDE INTERVIEWS! The ASM Blog Horde is a diverse and wonderful species. I have the privilege of talking with all...

The Invisible World

When I walked out to my back patio, I unexpectedly met resistance. My throbbing forehead had crashed against an unseen force. I stepped back...

From the In Box

Our own Michael Brotherton (sky seer!) has been conducting the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for a number of years now.  The program recently lost...

IT’S (NOT) ROCKET SCIENCE: Junk Food Junkies

This post has been removed because its content may be incorporated into a forthcoming book by the author. To find more articles by Jack...

Another Difference Between Real Scientists and Science Fiction Scientists

I was watching an episode of Fringe today and got to see Walter Bishop actually puttering around his lab and whipping up antidotes with...

How Science Fiction Can Save the World

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

Science and Fiction by Springer

I'm on the editorial board, and an acquiring editor for, a new series by the European academic publisher Springer.  I'm busy but agreed to...

It’s (Not) Rocket Science: John Aaron: “SCE to AUX”

INTRODUCTION This is a blog about rockets and science and rocket scientists.  I’ve spent my career in this field, working among the people who make...

The Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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?

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?

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