The Martian (2015)

Ridley Scott's The Martian is an accurate, thrilling survival story that for ONCE portrays scientists as normal human beings (even cool, likable ones!), instead of amoral villains, sociopaths, socially crippled nerds, or emotionless robots. Problem solving is the hero of this edge-of-your-seat thriller, and realism is king. I don't have degree in any of the …

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Novella

I've written one! Well, I wrote it nearly three years ago and am just now getting around to editing it--but! It is now nearly done, and I hope to have it out on Kindle by the end of the year. It's about a shape-shifting thief on Mars who is hired to kidnap a super-genius and …

The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut

The Sirens of Titan was clever, fun and charming, as is everything by Vonnegut that I've read. And it also says a lot about how the world works. The plot centers on Malachi Constant, son of the luckiest man on Earth, who invested in the stock markets using the Bible as a guide telling him …

Cloud City on Venus

NASA has plans for a Cloud City on Venus, seriously.¬† Our nearest neighbor, Venus, is always ignored when it comes to explorations, probably because the surface is around 465C (870F). Venus is very similar to Earth otherwise, though, and is called Earth's twin. It's nearly identical in size and composition and gravity, we just can't …

To Mars!

NASA had a successful test flight with the spacecraft Orion today. The craft they plan to use to send a manned mission to Mars sometime in the 2030's. It's so exciting to me that space exploration is getting such interest again. If we want to live among the stars, our first step is to live …

The Martian: A Novel, by Andy Weir

An action packed thriller about one man trapped on Mars. I couldn't put this one down. Mark Watney is part of an expedition to Mars that goes terribly wrong, forcing his crew-mates to leave him behind for dead. What follows is his desperate struggle to stay alive as long as possible until help can arrive. …

Wet Mars

NASA's rover Curiosity has made an exciting discovery--the soil of Mars contains about two percent water by weight. This means that any colonizers would be able to extract about one pint of water per square foot of Martian dirt. This discovery suddenly makes the idea of people living on Mars a lot more feasible, a …