Category Archives: Science

Letting the geek out at SFContario

I just spent a fantastic weekend at Toronto’s annual Science Fiction Convention, SFContario. The panels ranged from the technical (climate change, anyone?) to the delightfully absurd (Huggy snakes, anyone?). I’ve listed some highlights below of a few of the panels … Continue reading

Posted in Books and media, Science, Science fiction and fantasy, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Off to the Red Planet

Today India launched its first rocket to Mars. The Mars Orbiter Mission, also known as Mangalyaan, aims to reach Mars orbit by September 2014. I know, I know, still a long way to go before sending a manned mission and … Continue reading

Posted in Books and media, Science, Science fiction and fantasy | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Virtual Dreams: science or science fiction?

Nuit Blanche – Toronto’s annual sunset-to-sunrise art festival, gets crazier every year. I love it. This time, I allowed myself to be blindfolded by the Darkists, cycled on the Human Sweat Generator, pulled the legs of a giant spider balloon, … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Science fiction and fantasy, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Humans good, aliens better

Yesterday I picked up this incredible book titled “First Contact: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence” edited by Ben Bova and Byron Preiss. Okay, it’s a bit dated at 1990, but still worth a read, with articles by Isaac Asimov, Frank Drake, … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Science fiction and fantasy | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

The Columbia mission: Dreams, life and the magic of hard work

A few days ago I visited the Seattle Museum of Flight. Just outside the museum, I paused, and there was this moment that made the entire trip west worthwhile – the ghastly little propeller plane from Calgary, the nauseating three … Continue reading

Posted in Life and all that stuff, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Black holes, wormholes and time travel

It’s cold and rainy and foggy, not a bit what summer should look like. Perfect day for seeing a video on quasars, black holes and galaxy formation! One word: awesome. Did you know: A black hole is not empty space. It’s a … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Science fiction and fantasy | Tagged , , , , , , , ,