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Mark Alpert
Mark Alpert is the author of THE ORION PLAN, a new thriller from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press. A contributing editor at Scientific American, he specializes in weaving real science into his novels. His earlier thrillers -- FINAL THEORY, THE OMEGA THEORY, EXTINCTION and THE FURIES -- have been published in twenty-three languages. His first Young Adult novel, THE SIX, was published in 2015, and the sequel -- THE SIEGE -- will come out in July 2016. His website:

Entries by Mark Alpert

E.T., Are You Home?

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 8:54 PM

Astronomy has a long history of supposed sightings of space aliens. In the late 19th century, American astronomer Percival Lowell reported seeing canals on Mars and concluded that intelligent extraterrestrials must've dug them. In 1967, when British researchers spotted a powerful, pulsating source of radio waves, they speculated that it...

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The Messiness of Science: From Galactic Dust to Corn Syrup

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 10:56 PM

Science is messy. Sometimes it's literally messy, as anyone can see from the current state of my kitchen, where my 12-year-old daughter is conducting an experiment for her middle-school science fair.

And sometimes the mess stretches across the galaxy. In my last post I discussed an astrophysics...

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The Story of Creation: When Science Is More Fantastical Than Science Fiction

(21) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 4:16 PM

It's getting harder and harder to tell the difference between science and science fiction.

Imagine a novel that starts like this: A speck of space imbued with a mysterious antigravity substance explodes to humongous size in a tiny fraction of a second and transforms into an entire universe. Sounds ridiculous,...

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