Author Archives: Alex R. Howe

About Alex R. Howe

I'm a full-time astrophysicist and a part-time science fiction writer.

The End of the Cassini Mission

Yesterday morning, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft at Saturn was deorbited into the planet’s atmosphere in the Grand Finale of an epic 20-year mission. Cassini observed Venus, Earth, and Jupiter while it was in transit and has spent the past 13 years … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #7.2: Kisses

Previous post in this series: Thor’s Hammer Next post in this series: Nuke it from Orbit! Q: If you saved a whole life’s worth of kissing and used all of that suction on one single kiss, how much suction force … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Dunkirk

France, 1940. A British army of 300,000 men is stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk. With the Luftwaffe bearing down on them and not enough naval forces to evacuate, England is desperate to bring just a tenth of them home … Continue reading

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Movie Review: War for the Planet of the Apes

The third installment in the latest Planet of the Apes series has come out, and the world has only gotten darker. By the time of War for the Planet of the Apes, Caesar, the genetically modified chimpanzee ruler of the … Continue reading

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There’s a Solar Eclipse Tomorrow!

In case you’ve been living under a rock, there is a total eclipse of the Sun tomorrow, and it’s going to cross the entire continental United States! A solar eclipse is a once in a lifetime event. Any given location … Continue reading

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What If? Rejects #7.1: Thor’s Hammer

Previous post in this series: Chainsaws Next post in this series: Kisses Q: In Thor, the main character is at one point spinning his hammer so fast that he creates a strong tornado. Would this be possible in real life? … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a French-made science fiction film based on the long-running French comics series, Valérian and Laureline. It was something a little different in the summer of superhero movies, post-apocalyptic fiction, and so … Continue reading

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