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Great News for my Friend and Student, Vikram Singh, Top Graduating Man from the University of Wyoming

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Here’s the article/press release from the University. Here’s the key bit relating to Vikram’s research with me: He received an EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) grant in 2014 and started research with UW Department of Physics and Astronomy Professor Mike Brotherton, studying supermassive black holes. They have since published a paper together and […]

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2016 Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop Participants

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Long time no blog, but I usually post the participant list for Launch Pad here, and I shall continue. It’s an impressive, diverse bunch, as usually. We have novelists, short story writers, science historians, game designers, media folks, Hollywood writers, and graphic novel creators. They’ve got a lot of interesting projects going on and I […]

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Launch Pad 2016 Now Accepting Applications

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Through March 1, we will be accepting applications for the 2016 edition of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers.  The workshop will run from June 1-7, 2016, and as usual will be held at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY. Share/Bookmark

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Current/Recent News

Friday, January 15th, 2016

I’m streamlining the blog, as I’m not actively blogging any more.  I need to focus my energies on astronomy and science fiction, and social media has largely usurped blogs from my perspective.  I’ll continue to post occasional updates here as they come up, e.g., Launch Pad announcements, story or novel news, perhaps still pieces on […]

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The Fatal Science Flaw of the Premise of Interstellar

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

This is a repeat of an article I originally posted at Amazing Stories. There have already been a lot of scientists and science popularizers and others looking at the science of Christopher Nolan’s ambitious film Interstellar. Kip Thorne, the eminent Caltech scientist powering much of the science, has written a book and there’s even a […]

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Launch Pad Attendees for 2014

Friday, May 16th, 2014

I am happy to announce the list of those participating in this summer’s Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers! Here they are in no particular order: Lisa Yee Malinda Lo Jenn Reese Meg Howrey William Ledbetter Ann Leckie Amy Sterling Casil E. C. Meyers Marc Halsey Geetanjali Dighe James L. Sutter Anne Toole Sarah McCarry […]

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Some Criticisms of the New Cosmos

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

I watched the premiere of the new Neil de Grasse Tyson-hosted version of Cosmos tonight on Fox. The goal was to update the science of Carl Sagan’s show — we have learned a lot in the last 30+years — and present it in as entertaining way as possible. Tyson says: “The goal is to convey […]

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Transformative Science Fiction Movies

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

A friend and I were talking over beers the other night, and discussing the handful of movies that had transformed the experience of going to the cinema. They contain unique elements not seen before, and influence everything that comes after. Some of the transformation is simply in the realm of special effects, but some of […]

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Superheroic Science!

Monday, November 18th, 2013

I took the weekend off the big proposal deadline Friday. I’ll do a starlinks post soon, but in the meantime, the video of my recent talk in Gillette, WY, on the science of superheroes is now available. Enjoy! Comments welcome. Share/Bookmark

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Probably 1/5 Sun-Like Stars Have Earth-Like Planets in Habitable Zone

Monday, November 4th, 2013

A couple of years ago, following the initial Kepler data release, I thought the numbers indicated it was at least 1/100, and likely much higher. Better statistics/analysis seem to indicate a number like 1/5: “What this means is, when you look up at the thousands of stars in the night sky, the nearest sun-like star […]

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The Science in the Movie Gravity: an Interview with Science Consultant Kevin R. Grazier

Friday, September 20th, 2013

I have my interview up at Amazing Stories today. Why not click through there, read it, and leave a comment if so motivated? Share/Bookmark

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The Geek Test: What’s Your Score?

Friday, August 30th, 2013

To take the 50 question test below, give yourself two points when you answer “yes” to the questions below beginning, “Have you ever…” 1. Attended a small (< 2000 people) science fiction convention? 2. Attended a one of the major science fiction conventions (e.g, Worldcon, Dragon*con)? 3. Attended a Comic-Con or media-oriented Convention (e.g. Shoreleave)? […]

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