I am a freelance space writer and blogger with a life-long passion for space exploration and astronomy. My interest began in childhood, when I saw Carl Sagan’s Cosmos for the first time on TV. I was hooked and would collect any space-related newsclippings I could find. In elementary school, with a natural love of art and writing, I would sometimes give astronomy presentations in class and did a space “book” and calendar as class projects.
After focusing on art and design through high school and college, and then following related pursuits, I decided to “return to my roots” and started my blog The Meridiani Journal in 2005, which was a chronicle of planetary exploration. In 2015, the blog was renamed as Planetaria. While interested in all aspects of space exploration, my primary passion is planetary science. In 2011, I started writing about space on a freelance basis, and now currently write for EarthSky and AmericaSpace. I have also written for Universe Today and SpaceFlight Insider, have been published in The Mars Quarterly and have done supplementary writing for the well-known iOS app Exoplanet for iPhone and iPad.
I am now also working on my next blog, Fermi Paradoxica, which will focus on the search for other life in the universe, including in our own solar system and on exoplanets. It will even deal with such controversial topics as the UFO phenomenon – in particular well-documented cases such as military encounters with “highly advanced craft of unknown origin,” as discussed in the headline-making article in The New York Times on December 16, 2017. Are they ours or someone else’s?
I live in North Vancouver, BC, Canada, nestled between the scenic mountains and ocean of the Pacific west coast.