Archive for May, 2011

The Scientific Method

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Over on his blog, Jay Lake posted a link to this flowchart showing the scientific process. LOVE IT! It’s funny because it’s true… Every astronomer I’ve shared it with has loved it (one I overheard laughing out loud two offices away). And I just finished working on a NASA proposal to study the hot dust […]

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The Roger Ebert of Science Fiction Movies

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Apparently it’s me: Call Michael Brotherton the Roger Ebert of science fiction movies. Known for his work relating to the study of supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies, he also diligently pursues another passion: checking if the science is right in movies. An associate professor of astronomy at the University of Wyoming, Brotherton […]

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Challenging Science Fiction Reads

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

This is the subject of a new Mind-Meld post over at, which I contributed to: Mike Brotherton Mike Brotherton is the author of the hard science fiction novels Spider Star (2008) and Star Dragon (2003), the latter being a finalist for the Campbell award. He’s also a professor of astronomy at the University of […]

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What’s Right and Wrong with the Hugo Awards

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The Hugo awards are based on fan voting for various science fiction and fantasy categories, such as best novel.  Hugo winners have always been part of my ongoing reading list my entire life. First of all, one of the things that’s right this year:  my buddy Jay Lake is one of the hosts of the […]

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