Declassified: The True Tale of Project Orion.
Artist's conception of an Orion vessel about to depart from Mars orbit. (Credit: NASA). Ever wondered if man will ever head to the stars? Certainly, the magnitude… [more]
Astro-Challenge: Daytime Planet Spotting!
A daytime Venus post-occultation in 2007! (Photo by Author). Here’s a fine neighborhood experiment to try. Next time the Moon is around 1st or Last Quarter, show… [more]
Astro-Event: What’s in a Name? Black & Blue Moons through 2020.
The August 2011 Full Moon rising as seen from Astroguyz HQ. (Photo by Author). (Note: This week’s lunar-related event is a fitting tribute to the life of astronaut… [more]
30.10.2012: A Weekend of Apocalyptic Fun at the NecronomiCon!
How many Baktuns in a Pectun again? (Credit: Stone Hill.org). The “busy ‘Con season” for Astroguyz has arrived. Sure, it may have came and went with only one event,… [more]
Week 4-The Quest for Dark Skies: Into the Appalachians.
A very slender Moon... (All photos by Author). The mountains always beckon. In the end, all astronomers must heed the call of dark, pristine skies and head into… [more]
The Top Astronomy Events for 2013.
It has arrived. Welcome to our official guide to the fascinating, the unique, and the down right bizarre in the realm of astronomy coming to a sky near you in 2013.… [more]
On sale now! Things are not what they seem this week, as our heroine realizes that a human enforced Pax Galactica has exacted a heavy and terrible price on the alien civilizations of the Outer Rim. Let’s jump right in the Chapter 5 for this week, and be sure to let us know what you [...]
Not your parents’ solar system… Once, as a kid, we decided to make a poster depicting the solar system. Our poster, we decided, was going to be unerringly accurate, complete with planets and planetary orbits depicted to actual size. We quickly realized this would be a fool’s errand, with planets reduced to tiny dots.
On sale now… Uneasy is the state of the human-enforced Pax Galactica, as our chief protagonist and quantum-hopping Librarian 3rd Class turned courier is finding out. This week, we invite you to meet the gas giant-dwelling Leviathans and hear of their plight. Can’t wait for weekly installments? You can read (and rate!) A Standard of Deviation [...]
Liftoff of a Falcon 1 rocket on its first successful mission. Image credit: SpaceX What’s it like to ride on a rocket? Seven years ago on this day in 2008, a Space X Falcon 1 rocket gave us an amazing external view as it soared above the Omelek Island launch facility and Kwajelein Atoll in [...]
On sale now! And the tale continues. Let’s jump right into it this week, with as little fanfare as possible. Remember, you can read A Standard of Deviation and other original tales of science fiction by yours truly, and remember to start back with Chapter 1. A Standard of Deviation by David Dickinson I [...]
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft at Saturn’s moon Enceladus. (Image credit: JPL/NASA). Where humans go, our bacterial biome follows… but how do we protect future pristine environments from, well, us? The SETI Institute recently published a fascinating discussion on the topic of planetary protection as part of its weekly SETI Talks series. Titled Integrating Planetary Protection in [...]
On sale now! Ready for more quantum entanglement galaxy hopping adventure? The let’s jump right in to Chapter 2. Remember to start back with last week’s Chapter 1 of A Standard of Deviation, and you can read the story in its entirety, and other original tales of sci-fi by yours truly as well. A [...]
On sale now. Been to a major ‘Con lately? Then you’ll note that the Steampunk genre is alive and well, in the form of retro costumes straight out of the 19th century, replete with high tech gear including cybernetic implants, targeting monocles and the like. Fans love to party like it’s an alternative reality 1899, [...]
Thor launches from the Cape. Image credit: British Pathé There are lots of strange proposals from the early Space Age that —thankfully— never came to pass. We recently came across one of those stranger proposals in an old newsreel courtesy of British Pathé. An amazing resource, British Pathé hosts thousands of old newsreels from the mid-to [...]
On sale now! Hooray… Friday… and here’s your weekly dose of free sci-fi from yours truly. This week, we’re starting in on a brand new tale in an exciting universe. This one’s got it all; an imperial Earth, killer Von Neumann robots, intelligent gasbags, and swashbuckling librarians (3rd Class, thank you very much). If you [...]
On sale now… Things are heating up in the Retrieval Artist Universe. We recently completed book four in the eight book Anniversary Day saga by Kristine Kathryn Rusch as part of our ongoing campaign to catch up with the growing pile of review books that have stacked up while we were on a one year [...]
Speedy Barnard’s Star. Click here for the animation. Credit: The Virtual Telescope Project Double wow. When it comes to stellar motion, the pattern of constellations you see tonite will look pretty much the same on the day that you die as they appeared on the day you were born. Sure, we’re all whizzing around the [...]
On sale now! And here’s the long anticipated conclusion to our on-going tale Helium Party. And as always, you know the drill: be sure to start back with Chapter 1, or you can just read Helium Party and other great tales of Sci-fi in their entirety. On to the conclusion! Helium Party by Dave Dickinson [...]
An artist’s conception of TESS. Image credit: NASA Just wow. A new space telescope set for launch in 2017 promises to blow the doors wide open on exoplanet science. TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is, in many ways, the successor of the Kepler Space Telescope, but also promises to surpass Kepler’s legacy. Like Kepler, [...]
On sale now! Here it tis… our weekly healthy serving of free science fiction for you, the discerning public. Be sure to start back on chapter 1, and you can read Helium Party and other tales of original sci-fi by yours truly. But now, let’s join our intrepid gang The Citizens of Silliness in orbit [...]
On sale in September 2015! Remember the pulp novelettes of yore? Named for the woodsy, low cost paper they were printed on, dime store pulp novels were an integral part of many readers’ childhoods. They were formulaic, sure, but we always knew the tales within would deliver. The folks at Fiction River recently challenged authors [...]
The end of totality over the Faroes. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons/Schnuffel2002/under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license The sight of a total solar eclipse is pure unforgettable magic. The March 20th, 2015 total solar eclipse provided a unique artistic backdrop for a live musical performance. As the shadow of the Moon touched down over the North [...]
On sale now! Rogue clowns in space hungry for helium, what’s not to love? Here’s this week’s latest installment chronicling the further adventures of the Sons of Silliness. Be sure to start back on chapter 1, and read Helium Party and other works of original fiction by yours truly. Helium Party by David Dickinson Chapter [...]
The Moon transits the face of the Earth courtesy of DSCOVR. Image credit: NASA/NOAA By now, you’ve seen last month’s amazing animation courtesy of NASA. The newly launched Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) captured this beautiful sequence last month on July 16th showing the Moon transiting the face of our fair planet. DSCOVR sits about [...]
On sale now! Here it ’tis; our weekly installment of rogue Space Clowns, doing what rogue Space Clowns do. Be sure to start back on chapter 1 if you’re new to the story, or read Helium Party and other original tales of science fiction in their entirety. Helium Party by David Dickisnon Chapter 3 I [...]
ISS as seen from STS-132. Image credit: NASA There’s lots of live action underway this week both on Earth and in orbit, all of which is live on NASA TV. Ready? There are lots to cover, so we’ll do this rapid-fire style. First up this AM is a scheduled spacewalk for Expedition 44 Russian cosmonauts [...]
On sale now! Those crazy space clowns at the Sons of Silliness are at it again, in a solar system spanning tale of mis-adventure. Welcome to chapter 2 of our Free Fiction Friday offering of Helium Party. Be sure to start back on chapter 1, or you can simply read the tale and others like [...]
Comet 67/P: The view from 9-metres up, with the estimated final orientation of the Philae lander super-imposed. (Image Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR) It’s the kind of stick and rudder style approach that would make the most hardened of test pilots proud. The European Space Agency recently released an amazing animation of the approach of its Philae Lander [...]
On sale now… This week, we thought we’d start in with some lighter helium-laced fare with our tale of space hi-jinks, Helium Party. Hey, it’s got rogue gangs of space clowns, what’s not to love? Plus, we may very will be revisiting the universe of the Citizens of Silliness again, the story was that much [...]
The tarnished mirror used in Herschel’s 40-foot reflector on display at the London Science Museum. Image credit: geni/Wikimedia Commons Your backyard Dobsonian has a mirror that far outperforms the best telescopes of yore. This week, we thought we’d break the “all-Pluto all the time” mantra for July to bring you a classic from our archives.
On sale now! And here it is; the final installment of our second book of the Solar Winds series. Be sure to start back on Chapter 1, or better yet, start back with chapter 1 book 1: Scorpius Cell. Or, you can read em all and other original works of scifi in their entirety by yours [...]
Welcome to Pluto! Image credit: NASA/JHU APL/SwRI It was a crazy wild ride last week, as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft whizzed through the Pluto system in a historic encounter. We did’t get much work done last Tuesday, that’s for sure. But among the stunning images of Pluto and its moons and amazing close-up flyby sequences, another [...]
On sale now… And here it is: the penultimate chapter to part two of our solar system-spanning tale. Be sure to start back with story one chapter one, or read ‘em all and more original tales online. Solar Winds-The Cloaked Promise by David A. Dickinson Chapter 6 Once she was safely out of sight, a [...]
Pluto! (Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI). You just never know what might be lurking in old data, awaiting discovery. Or perhaps pre-discovery. As we approach the eve of New Horizon’s historic fly-by of Pluto and its moons tomorrow, we thought we’d turn your attention to a recent amazing find from the Carnegie Observatories’ archive. The collection includes [...]
Pluto or bust? Credit: NASA/JHUAPL As Pluto grows ever-sharper in the view of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, so does humankind’s longing to explore the ‘other Red Planet.’ Now, a Florida-based organization calling itself Pluto One is looking to do just that.
on sale now… Can’t wait ’til next Tuesday for New Horizons’ historic encounter with Pluto? You can explore the future solar system now, with Martian native Andrea Makati and the Zodiac Cartel gang in this week’s installment straight out of the Solar Winds universe. action is heating up, as Andrea heads to Titan and Cronos [...]
On sale now. Things are definitely heating up in the Retrieval Artist Universe. One thing we arrived back home to after our year-long great American road trip this past year was a stack of books from the sci-fi Anniversary Day saga. We’d read and reviewed Blowback, the second book in the installment, so we eagerly [...]
Pluto snapping into focus! Credit: NASA/JHU/APL/SW Research Institute It has been over nine years. On January 19th, 2006, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft launched out of Cape Canaveral bound for Pluto. And in just over a week’s time, the key flyby window opens centered on July 14th. Moving over 14 kilometres per second, New Horizons won’t [...]
On sale now… Things are heating up in the Saturn system this week, as Andrea discovers that the captured Radium Core is a terrible prize that will bring them more than they bargained for. Be sure to check out this week’s installment, or if your new to the series start back with Chapter 1 of [...]
A hilarious outer (other) space saga! Image credit: Yahoo TV This week, we thought we’d highlight an online comedy sci-fi series that you may not be watching, but should be. Other Space is a new sci-fi series on Yahoo TV that’s just hilarious to watch. Launched in April of this year, Other Space follows the [...]
Pluto and Charon… in color! (Credit: NASA/JPL) (Editor’s Note: This week’s event was hatched as part of our “legacy post project” in October 2009, entitled “12 Very Special Events for the 21st Century.” They’re a time capsule of sorts, meant to carry on the Astroguyz legacy!) One of the last outposts of the solar system [...]
On sale now! Here’s our latest and greatest installment straight from our Solar Winds universe. Andrea and team may have successfully used the Radium core to lure in and capture a small Legion cruiser… but what will they do next? And will her team rally under her leadership? Things are definitely going down in the [...]