Category Archives: Fiction

Chasing Science at Dragon Con

It’s that time of year again already! I’m heading to Dragon Con in Atlanta, and as always I’ve got a packed schedule of awesome science to chase around the pop culture convention. See you there? The Year in Science (So … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Atmospheric Science in Stargate: Atlantis Brain Storm

While I wrote about this a bit when the show first aired way back in the dawn of time, I recently cleaned it up and made it pretty. If you missed it the first time, you can read about it … Continue reading

Posted in Stargate: Atlantis, Television | Tagged | Leave a comment

Spotting Meteoroids while Skydiving?

You’ve seen the footage of a rock falling past a skydiver. It looks like this particular object was an accidentally chute-packed rock. But, what are the chances of a skydiver eventually seeing a meteoroid? The following is some hardcore estimating … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction | Tagged , | 1 Comment


I love the Kerbal Space Program. Here’s some of my favourite screenshots from the past few months of playtime.

Posted in Fiction | Leave a comment

Day of the Doctor

With the Doctor Who 50th anniversary less than a day away, I’ve got a piece up on Physics Today about the astronomy and cosmology in Doctor Who. Thank you to everyone who helped with the article, particular Green College fellows … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy, Fiction, Television | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

2013 Dragon Con schedule — asteroids and disasters and scifi, oh my!

Officially, I’ll be visiting the Space, Science, Stargate, Science Fiction Literature, Apocalypse Rising and American Science Fiction and Fantasy Media. As always, Dragon Con schedules are subject to change with very little notice, so use the Dragon Con mobile app … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy, Books, Disasters, Fiction, Movies, Planetary Science, Science, Stargate, Television | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Elsewhere on the internet… Elysium

Science review of Elysium over on suggests that the technology is plausible.

Posted in Movies | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Science in Fiction, elsewhere on the internet

I’ve started writing for Physics Today, covering how science and technology is used in the entertainment industries. The first column for Enterprise just went live, looking at how a traditional geoscience tool, LiDAR, is used on sets to map spaces … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment


I’m writing a column for reviewing science in television in movies over at Physics Today. This month’s instalment? Continuum, a police drama set in present-day and near-future Vancouver exploits the possibility of jumping back and forth in time.

Posted in Television | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment


Why do I support expanding BC tax credits to match other Canadian provinces? Because BC needs to support its knowledge-economies. The resource industry alone cannot support the hopes, dreams, careers, and futures of this province. Because BC specializes in creating … Continue reading

Posted in Movies, Television | Tagged , , | Leave a comment