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Welcome to The Observatory, a place of random observations and commentary, mostly dealing with my world of astronomy and cosmology. Within these pages, though, you’ll find a bit more: samples from the novels and short stories I am working on, the odd article or three on my non-science passions (Doctor Who, role-playing games, dachshunds), as well as the occasional social commentary. I hope that everyone can find a little something here of interest.
The site first appeared several years ago as a place to feature the work I was undertaking in writing my first novel. However, life took many twists and turns since then and the site has had to evolve and adapt. Three years ago I returned to academia to pursue graduate studies in astronomy. As that began to fill my life, it was obvious a change to this site was needed. The biggest “twist”, though, occurred at the beginning of 2016, when I was selected as a Scientist/Astronaut-Candidate for the PHEnOM Project, truly a life-long dream-come-true opportunity.
So…who am I? A scientist, an astronomer, a cosmologist, a photographer, a writer, a father, a dad (!). I’ve been many things in my life and I’m certain I’ll be many more things in the years ahead. Thank you for taking the first step in getting to know who I am and what I am all about. I look forward to sharing with you more of the things I discover in the years ahead.