Four Rules of Phaser Safety

Or, Are Star Trek Phasers Sentient? Anyone who has handled firearms in the modern era is probably familiar with the four rules of gun safety. But as our technology gets smarter, will the rules change? Star Trek: The Next Generation showed us a future with warp drives and transporters, androids, replicators, and all sorts of... Continue Reading →

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4 Ways to Save the World from an Alien Invasion

It's the end of the world as we know it. Martian war tripods have been spotted just outside of Surrey. In New York and Washington, enormous saucers 15 miles wide hover menacingly over the Independence Day holiday preparations. A Dalek fleet approaches from one direction; a Borg Cube from the other. In short, we're so... Continue Reading →

A Year of VSS365

A little over a year ago, my New Year's resolution was to write more. And in particular, I challenged myself to participate in VSS365 every day in 2018. The outcome? I did it. 2018 is over (hooray), and I posted a VSS365-tagged tweet each day. Not all of them were good, and I may have... Continue Reading →

Top 6 Moments in Babylon 5

I was there at the dawn of the Third Age of Mankind. It began in the Earth year 2257, with the founding of the last of the Babylon stations... This month marks the 25th anniversary of the airing of the Babylon 5 pilot movie, "The Gathering," and the start of Babylon 5's five-year run. In... Continue Reading →

Star Trek: Discovery

There is a TV show true to the spirit of Star Trek, fun to watch, full of optimism, not afraid to tackle tough issues. And that show is The Orville.

The Orville – To Blandly Go?

This week brought the debut of "The Orville," the new sci-fi television series from Seth MacFarlane. Better known as the creator of "Family Guy", MacFarlane might seem an unlikely suspect for a quality sci-fi series, but he also served as executive producer on the (rather well-done) reboot of "Cosmos". He is also well-known to be... Continue Reading →

Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego?

Recently I've been clearing out boxes of old childhood junk from my parents' attic. This gives me plenty of opportunities to revisit my youth. Here I have an old 90s computer game:¬†Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego? Children who grew up in the 80s and 90s may remember the edutainment phenomenon that was Carmen Sandiego.... Continue Reading →

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