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...

A Kepler’s Dozen

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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...