science fiction

The Science — and Fun — Behind “Moonfall”

The master of disaster has struck again, and this time our Moon is the ominous villain.   In “Moonfall,” film…

2 years ago

Perseverance’s Landing Site Named for Octavia Butler

The Perseverance rover's landing site was renamed the Octavia E. Butler Landing, in honor of the groundbreaking author who passed…

3 years ago

Alcubierre Gives us an Update on his Ideas About Warp Drives

A new look at warp drive fuels hope that it might be possible after all.

3 years ago

Beyond “Fermi’s Paradox” XVI: What is the “Dark Forest” Hypothesis?

A recent addition to the list of possible resolutions to the Fermi Paradox: nobody is broadcasting because they don't want…

3 years ago

An Astronomer Checked to see if There’s a Secret Message in the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation

One way to look for a message in the cosmic microwave background is to convert thermal fluctuations into a binary…

4 years ago

Could There Be a Form of Life Inside Stars?

A new study proposes that alien life could evolve from nuclear interactions rather than atomic ones.

4 years ago

Beyond “Fermi’s Paradox” VII: What it the Planetarium Hypothesis

In this installment, we explore the possibility that we haven't heard from aliens because they've got us in a simulated…

4 years ago

How Science Journalism Helped Me Become a Better Sci-Fi Writer

My work with Universe Today has helped fashion me into a better science fiction writer and led to the publication…

6 years ago

Why Do Rockets Need Stages? The Quest to Build a Single Stage to Orbit (SSTO)

Science fiction has promised us a rocket that blasts off into space without stages. How close is reality to the…

7 years ago

Book Review: The Caloris Network

Thinking of taking a vacation this summer? Maybe you want to distract yourself with a bit of light science fiction…

8 years ago