Science

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 »

Is Science Killing Science Fiction?

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 introduction to Strahan’s latest book of short stories, but he has some fascinating id... Read More »

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 when he has Ernest Woolley whine, “I’m not young enough to know everything!” I’ve concluded this quote isn’t j... Read More »

A Kepler’s Dozen

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 around them.  This takes patience and favorable geometry, but Kepler has already been successful in finding doze... Read More »

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