Another chance to learn astronomy in the company of great science…

Great news: the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop has found a new funding source, the National Science Foundation, and is open to applications through March 31. » 3/02/11 6:30am 3/02/11 6:30am

The Wild Center Of Our Galaxy Could Support A Mega-Civilization

Could a super-advanced civilization live inside the acretion disk, the super-dense area around the black hole at the center of a galaxy? Author Mike Brotherton has played with this idea, and a couple of scientific papers say it's possible. » 11/30/09 5:00pm 11/30/09 5:00pm

Science Could Stand To Learn From Science Fiction

Science fiction often gets basic science wrong, but it still has a lot to teach scientists about the implications of their work, says science educator and SF author Mike Brotherton. » 3/17/09 10:00am 3/17/09 10:00am

Science Fiction Is Making You More Clueless About Science

Is science fiction keeping ordinary people from understanding real science? Many science writers seem to think so. Science blogging conference Science09 » 11/18/08 12:40pm 11/18/08 12:40pm decided to survey science bloggers about their feelings on science fiction, and the results were surprisingly negative. At the very least, science experts don't seem…

Michael Crichton: Evil, Or Just A Crazy Luddite?

Arguably the science fiction writer who's achieved the most mainstream success in the past few decades is Michael Crichton, whose works include the Andromeda Strain, Westworld and (most famously) Jurassic Park. So it's too bad Crichton achieved his success by being an evil luddite, writes Star Dragon author Mike… » 7/21/08 4:44pm 7/21/08 4:44pm

Science of Astrobiology Reading List

Mike Brotherton, author of the novel Spider Star released last month from Tor, proudly calls himself a hard science fiction writer. And now he's sharing the secret of his hardness with you. Brotherton just posted a really interesting, provocative list of general-audience books about space and astrobiology that he… » 4/07/08 8:20am 4/07/08 8:20am