Space & Astronomy

2012: A Year (Lost) in Review

by David King on December 28, 2012

Now that a full week has passed since the world didn’t end (to everyone’s surprise, I’m quite certain), I thought it appropriate to reflect on the year – and in particular, on something that has me quite bothered.

I’ve never been a fan of watching the evening news, or reading the morning newspaper. While I like to stay informed, I can’t stand the way the news is edited, filtered, and truncated into mere seconds of information, as if hearing that “a new study has found a link between coffee and prostate cancer” is valuable information in and of itself. Add to this the trend of running useless gossipy celebrity stories before hardly relevant local ones, and I simply don’t have the patience.

Our short attention spans have only become shorter, and they have resulted in the near silencing of real, … Keep Reading Here

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Eyes to the Starlit Wayside: An Observer’s Cosmos

by David King on October 31, 2012

Since I was very young, I’ve been preoccupied by space. It’s pretty cool stuff, when you think about it: dark, mysterious, incomprehensible in size, and littered with little green men and spaceships and other worlds with other beings with dreams of their own – dreams of us, perhaps.

Very early on, I came to the firm conclusion that we weren’t alone in all this space. What a ridiculous idea, really, to imagine mere humans as the only stewards of so much emptiness. (To pay homage to Carl Sagan’s Contact, it sure seems like an awful waste of space.)

As an adult, my romance with space has increased tenfold.

Today, we know that space isn’t really space at all; that there is a fabric to the cosmos, comprised of dark energy and dark matter, elusive constructs that give substance to … Keep Reading Here

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Why Science Fiction May Save Us All

by David King on May 29, 2012

For as long as I can remember, I have loved science fiction.

As an adult, I’ve realized my love for science fiction as something more – something closer to an appreciation, both creatively and intellectually. I now love science fiction for its ability to address life’s most challenging questions in ways not possible by other genres.

For this reason, I believe that science fiction may save us all.

My favorite high school read was Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, hands down. It remains my favorite read to this day. In addition to underscoring the social and cultural importance of the written word (and by extension, the human imagination), Bradbury also accomplished the difficult task of warning us against censorship guised as protection of minority rights (or, more simply, the avoidance of stepping on toes). While its more obvious book-burning message … Keep Reading Here

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