This set of posts discusses things related to space flight and how to make the universe more comprehensible for sci-fi readers (and authors!).

Research Scientists Want to Kill Each Other

There are several things science fiction ignores completely: The enormous distance to neighboring planets; the beyond a human lifetime it would take to reach them; gravity; and food and water along with how to bring and store suffcient quantities for space travelers;...

Handy Numbers for Travel

Want to do some traveling this year? Whether you jump on a plane, boats, train, or car, or never leave your office, you’re traveling quite a distance. The average number of miles any given person travels is 584,040,000 per year. That’s right! Even if...

Over 8 Trillion Pounds of Water for So. Cal.?

The weekend of July 19, 2015 saw record breaking rainfall in Southern California. So much rainfall that portions of Interstate 10 washed away with no estimate of when it will be re-opened. Remnants of Hurricane Delores hit the California coast and dumped billions of...

How do Planes Fly so High?

If Darth Vader hadn’t lost his right hand, he could stick it out the window just like we did as kids did while our parents drove. While you probably didn’t realize it, you were tactilly experimenting with the same things that allow Luke and Darth to dog fight...

Now, Luke, How Much Does Air Weigh?

Air weighs… nothing! Or so you might think. Actually, air weighs a lot. But we don’t think in those terms because it’s all around us and doesn’t seem to weigh anything at all. If it did, it would fall to the ground, no? Well, it kind of does....

“Turf & Surf” Propulsion

As a science fiction author, I deliberate on matters dealing with heroes and villains chasing one another through the universe. The scale of  such distances is so vast that authors  side-step the issue and readers just go with it. However, I’ve often speculated...
“Luke! How Much do Clouds Weigh?”

“Luke! How Much do Clouds Weigh?”

You’ve probably never pondered the weight of clouds as much as you have the animals and famous people you see in them. “I don’t know, nothing, I guess,” you might say. Or, “Well, they’re lighter than air, right?” As a science...

Are Stars Closer Than We Think?

The vast bulk of our present day knowledge has come about in the last split-second our existence. Scientific history has been fraught with upheavals and revolutions. We will, without doubt, learn things in the next few decades that can only be imagined today.

“Turf and Surf” Propulsion

“Turf and Surf” Propulsion

As a science fiction author, I deliberate on matters dealing with heroes and villains chasing one another through the universe. The scale of  such distances is so vast that authors  side-step the issue and readers just go with it. However, I’ve often speculated...

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