Stephen Hawking: Intelligent Life and Living Intelligently

Picture credit Today we lost Stephen Hawking, whose brilliant mind shaped modern cosmology. Science's Brightest Star Dies at age 76. His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018.... Continue Reading →


Stellar Flare Zaps Hopes of Life on Proxima b

Straight from the epic ending of an apocalyptic science fiction novel, or the beginning of a new planet terra-formed to host life, one planet is fried by a giant solar flare, or stellar flare as we call it when it is not OUR sun but some other star. After a re-analysis of data from March... Continue Reading →

Americans would welcome aliens, and are you surprised?

Michael Varnum, a social psychologist at Arizona State University in Tempe had 500 volunteers answer a few online questions about aliens. He analyzed the responses for words indicating positive emotion, such as “nice,” and negative emotion, like “worried" as well as for reward- and risk-focused words, such as “benefit” and “danger.” People generally used more... Continue Reading →


Ursula K. LeGuin

Today one of my favorite authors of all time died. Ursula K. LeGuin was an amazing writer whose stories dragged me all over the water planet of Earthsea. Her short stories transformed the world around me. I would often emerge from her worlds and have to remind myself what year it was. Not only did... Continue Reading →


NaNo Update

Just wanted to pop in to say Elsha Hawk was a winner this year! Now we can get you readers back to your regularly scheduled movie and book reviews, writing updates, and contest entries.



Every year November is set aside and held in hallowed esteem by writers across the globe as the month of writing. Carefree, careless, and deliberate words are added to documents and not edited for 30 days. The goal of National Novel Writing Month is to accumulate 50,000 words in 30 days. 1,667 words a... Continue Reading →


Volcanoes and Frankenstein??

What does the world's largest volcano have to do with Frankenstein?


Writing Motivation

If we don't reward ourselves as we go, we'll lose all motivation to keep going.


Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Hawk and Young both saw Guardians of the Galaxy Volume Two in their respective states and towns 750 miles apart. No matter the distance, we both agree that the movie was great. Each character developed and played a role in the movie, exactly how director James Gunn had planned. There were no women hanging around... Continue Reading →


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