Monthly Archives: August 2015

Book Review: Archangel by Marguerite Reed

I can’t remember the last time I just picked up a book from a bookstore bookshelf without knowing anything about it besides what was on the back cover. In fact, of the many book reviews I’ve written on this blog, … Continue reading

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High Frequency

A Short Story Author’s Note: This story was written at the height of the Occupy Wall Street movement. However, I think many of the themes involved are still relevant. I also want to credit the fiction and nonfiction writings of … Continue reading

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Planet or Not? How About “Planetoid”?

I’ve argued that Pluto shouldn’t be a planet, and I’ve also argued that we don’t know enough to rigorously define the word “planet”. Now, I want to take a closer look at how and why we divide our own Solar … Continue reading

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How to “Define” the Word “Planet”

So the IAU has declared that Pluto is not a planet. I agree with this assessment, but I also think that the IAU’s definition is poorly written. So how should that word “planet” actually be defined? It’s not simple.

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Why Pluto Really Shouldn’t be a Planet

(But the IAU is Wrong, Too.) In 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) voted that Pluto was not a planet, just months after the New Horizons spacecraft was launched with a mission to…visit the last planet that had never been … Continue reading

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