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Old School Dungeons and Dragons: Part 21

Hey, you know what I haven’t done in a while? Compile my old school Dungeons & Dragons twitter threads into a post! So here we go… Undermountain: Stardock (1997), by Steven E. Schend. I bought this one specifically because I … Continue reading

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Sinister Barrier, by Eric Frank Russell

Writing a book about the history and science of invisibility has led me to read things that I would otherwise never have encountered, including a whole slew of science fiction tales about invisibility and invisible creatures. I thought I would … Continue reading

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H.G. Wells insults the entire human race (1924)

Most everyone knows the name H.G. Wells: he is one of the founders of science fiction as a popular and accepted form of literature, thanks to his brilliant novels The Time Machine (1895), The War of the Worlds (1898), and … Continue reading

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The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, Volume 1

Having a quiet night at home and realized this would be a good time to catch up on some book blogging! I finally started getting back into reading, after a long pandemic-depression hiatus, at the start of the new year, … Continue reading

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Me on This Week in Science!

I’m having a lot of fun doing video chats on science shows lately! A few days ago, I happened to see that This Week in Science talked about some optics that I am familiar with, and I jokingly complained to … Continue reading

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Old School Dungeons and Dragons: Part 20

Wow, have I been doing these threads forever? Yes, yes I have! The first one was in August of 2019! Anyway, here are some more old school Dungeons & Dragons posts, compiled from my twitter threads. Night Below, an Underdark … Continue reading

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Personally Speaking… about Falling Felines!

Hi all, I’ve been rather busy with work lately and haven’t had much time to blog. I’ve got a lot to write about, and no time to do it! In the meantime, however, I gave a talk at my university … Continue reading

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Old School Dungeons and Dragons: Part 19

Have I really done enough twitter threads of old school Dungeons and Dragons to fill 19 posts? Yes, I have, and there’s more to come! Let’s jump right in… The Book of Lairs (1986), by Jim Ward and Michael Breault. … Continue reading

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Row, row row your boat, James Clerk Maxwell (1841)

Another short post inspired by my work on my upcoming book on the history of invisibility physics! James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) is rightly regarded as one of the most important physicists of the 19th century, and indeed of all time, … Continue reading

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Thomas Young sees the light (1800)

A post inspired by work I’m doing on my next book, on the history of invisibility! Also will help me get my thoughts in order to write the book chapter. At the turn of the nineteenth century, humanity’s understanding of … Continue reading

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