The pinnacle of science fiction nerdiness


My astronomy text book arrived today and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I am entered the part of my story that requires some information on Pluto, as well as some calculations of spacecraft orbits and other little tidbits like that, and I can put the new text book to use for at least part of that.

As I said in an earlier post, I don’t have a background in astronomy and it was suggested to me by a science fiction editor I trust that I could benefit from brushing up. Ordering the textbook, and ultimately reading through its pages is the first step on that brush up. Plus, it provides a nice counterpoint to the stories and articles I’m reading in Astounding.

I’m eagerly looking forward to going through the book, cover-to-cover, in a careful way, in the hopes that I can establish a more solid astronomical foundation for myself. Kind of nerdy, I know, but what can I say, it’s something I enjoy. It reminds me of those days when I was a six-year old boy, just discovering astronomy, amazed that the stars were all giant suns, far, far, away, and dazzled when I looked through the Tasco telescope my parents got for me, and saw the rings of Saturn for the first time.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.