Facebook Notices and Tonight’s Mars Opposition

While I’m excited that Facebook has taken an interest in astronomy today, I’m also a bit irked by its announcement about seeing Mars with the naked eye. First, Facebook doesn’t explain why it made this announcement. Mars is at opposition tonight; it will be at its closest to Earth. Second, when Mars is in theContinue reading “Facebook Notices and Tonight’s Mars Opposition”

On Things I’ve Been Reading

John Carter: World of Mars Marvel Comics Written by Peter David Art by Luke Ross A few weeks ago I saw John Carter, director Andrew Stanton’s adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars, the first of his eleven books set on Barsoom (better known to us as Mars), for Disney. John Carter hasContinue reading “On Things I’ve Been Reading”

On Revisiting the Enigmatic Barsoom

In a week and a half, Disney’s John Carter, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ first Barsoom novel, A Princess of Mars, reaches theaters. I’ve not decided if I’m going to see the film; I know what the film is, because I know what Barsoom is, but the marketing for John Carter has been nothing shortContinue reading “On Revisiting the Enigmatic Barsoom”