Science

The Science Fiction Fan’s Bucket List

The Science Fiction Fan’s Bucket List

© Jamie Wilson | Dreamstime.com  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 been work related (e.g. using the Hubble Space Telescope, and helping to decide wh... Read More »

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 103km up into space. How do you do it? First, potential candidates sign up on the competition w... Read More »

Ten Totally Illogical Science Fiction Premises

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 made not because they make sense, but because they’re convenient for readers or viewers.  Thin... Read More »

The Chocolate Teapots of the 21st Century

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. Read More »

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 tiny army of super-moths, but rather to glean clues into how the excellent olfactory system of moths operat... Read More »

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 most modern charged particle beam of Alastair Reynolds, SF weapons astound, ... Read More »

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

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

© Rocky Reston | Dreamstime.com I was in graduate school for astronomy when I started taking writing seriously. The first stories I wrote that were any good and started to sell tended to be fantasy or science fiction with horror elements. I had a rea... Read More »

Stranger Than Fiction: Space Miners Wanted

An illustration of a water-rich asteroid, provided by Planetary Resources. For my first post at Amazing Stories, I was looking forward to getting a chance to introduce myself and my background, to exploring some deep conceptual physics issues at the ... Read More »

I, Shebot

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. Read More »

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 not fear for your personal safety, as I will take great care to observe the rules of hospitality during yo... Read More »

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