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About D. Wayne Dworsky

D. Wayne Dworsky has been composing science fiction and horror stories since he was nine years old. He recalls hearing stories of the old country from coal miners who worked the barges along the Monongahela River in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The smoked filled bars gave him a glimpse of how these miners endured their jobs.

From his early twenties he has traveled all over the world in 23 countries and all 50 states in the US. He's hiked the Alpse, the Rockies, Adirondikes and the Catskills. In his quest to seek perfection in the cosmos, he's searched the Earth for the most amazing, exotic, beautiful and enduring truths through his science and technology interests, which include Earth science, meteorology, climatology, geology, astronomy, cosmology and mathematics. He's climbed Grand Teton in Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1983, the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland in 1985 and most of the established technical rock climbing routes in the Shawangunks in New York State from 1982 to 1985. In addition to his daring pursuits, he's an accomplished pilot of more than 18 years.

He's written over 120 professional book reviews, has authored more than 30 feature articles, writes a regular blog and podcasts an Internet radio talk show, Alpha Centauri & Beyond, where he writes the scripts, directs and produces the show. The show talks about science and science literature, science fiction literature and science fiction movies. His vast background in 21 years of teaching mathematics, drafting and tutoring young students to prepare them for the New York State Regents Exams in both mathematics and language arts provides a solid platform that supports his literary work and talk show host endeavors.

Links to His Social Networks:

Writer’s Network

Writer's Den

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He has three books in print, which are available at Bookmasters, Amazon.com and Barns & Noble.

Author's Spotlight features a book promotion of his work.

His blogs are located at: Bloggers
and Alpha Centauri & Beyond.

Links to His Book Fairs:

Book Fair 2007, Book Fair 2006

Be sure to visit all the links to the site and explore all the venues available.

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My Inspiration

Participate in life or it will pass you by. What does participate mean? It means to reach out and seek everything. Taste every flavor, smell each aroma, see every facet, hear every note and touch every texture. Life’s a huge smorgasbord, with so much variety that it is impossible to taste everything. Life is like a big washing machine, churning and mixing all its ingredients all the time. At the smorgasbord or washing machine, we find people, opportunities, challenges and the failures. It is ultimately up to each of us to decide who or what to choose. We need to notice the blooms, observe the dimensions and experience the excitement that coincides with the recognition of certain aspects of life that launch us. If we miss all the signposts life will continue without us. Therefore, it is imperative that we reach out for pieces of life as much as we can.

Life is like a high-speed train that does not stop at every station. We must learn to see ahead and anticipate the best time to embark and disembark. Sometimes the train speeds up and becomes a rocket. We can still see the elements of life if we slow down our minds. We also have to survey the land below when the rocket soars. And sometimes it slows down like a passenger ship. There we must ponder our location and determine where we are headed.

To make sense out of it all, we must be sure-footed, we must find the handholds on a cliff, locate the footholds on a bank and realize when we’ve reached a way out of a canyon or a summit or an open field. Each new step represents the kind of participation that we need to nourish our core. When we open our eyes and allow the world to flow through our senses and touch our inner self, we shall be nurtured by the spirit of life and know what it means to be alive. This avenue represents the bold journey—the one that fulfils our deepest cravings and satisfies our most intense needs.

The journey of life takes us to exotic places. Allow the fragments of each new place to become part of you—part of your values, your enthusiasm and you persona. Like the fragrance of flowers or the earthy smell of the woods, each breath we take joins our spirit with the world. It is this worldly connection that tells us the level of intimacy we experience with our surroundings. Each time we connect with the world, we set another block in place to create a whole being. We are the children of the universe. To know our place in it provides us with the table of reference that allows us to mobilize and learn how to experience everything.

Inspire Me Today

Welcome to
D. Wayne Dworsky's Site

Links Below Connect to Book Reviews, Feature Articles and Currents in Science & Nature Column.

This site shows how D. Wayne Dworsky's vast travels and life-long explorations have contributed to the rich nature of his written work.Other areas of the site reveal his interest in aviation and fascinationn with science and technology. In particular, he writes science book reviews and technology book reviews for Sacramento Book Reviews and their affiliates, San Francisco, Tulsa and City Book Reviews. Use the links below to access any of the book review or blog sites. The special player at the end of the left-hand column connects to his radio program archives. These shows address issues in both modern science as well as science fiction literature and movies. To read about these issues visit the blog at: Alpha Centauri & Beyond. To read the articles and reviews in his collection, please visit The Concrete jungle Journal and click on the appropriate links on that page.

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Monthly Column: Currents in Science & Nature published in San Francisco Book Review

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Blog Spot

Who Hub

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Below are the dated blogs for the site.

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Blog: Everything in the Universe Dies with Sean Carroll
Airs: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 8 pm. EDT.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: April 5, 2014.

Dr. Sean Carroll is a national celebrity in the theoretical physics community. He’s appeared on The Universe, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and the Colbert Report. In addition to the large number of books he’w written on cosmology, he wrote a graduate text in general relativity. His articles and science papers have been published in Nature, Seed, Sky & Telescope, New Scientist and he is a regular contributor to The Cosmic Variance blog.

Everything in the universe dies. The question is, what comes out of their deaths? Dr. Sean Carroll will explore how and why things die, what the meaning of death is in the universe and how it gives living things new hope.

Dr. Carroll is a senior research associate in the Department of Physics at Caltech. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics in 1993 from Harvard. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at MIT and Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California and as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago in 2006.

Please join Dr. Sean Carroll, Melissa and me Monday, May 12, 2014 at 8 pm EDT for an intense discussion of How Everything in the Universe Dies.


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Blog: A Black Hole at the Center of the Galaxy with Andrea Ghez
Airs: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 8 pm. EDT.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: March 19, 2014.

Andrea Ghez is an astronomer and the discoverer of a black hole at the centeer of the Milkey Way Galaxy. A frequent guest of the TV series, The Universe, Andrea is a prolific writer and professor at UCLA, having amassed many awards. She is an MIT graduate and earned her Ph.D at Caltech. She’s written many books and douzans of papers on cosmology that deal with her work and promote cosmological studies.

Please join Professor Ghez, Melissa and me Monday, April 14, 2014 at 8 pm ET for an invigorating glimpse at nature’s most bountiful spectacle.


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Blog: String Theory Finally Explained with Clifford Johnson
Airs: Monday, April 28, 2014 at 8 pm. EDT.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: March 19, 2014.

Clifford Johnson is an English theoretical physicist and professor at the University of Southern California. His work on string theory makes him the perfect candidate to explain what it all means in understandable terms.

He earned his BS from Imperial college, London in 1989 and PhD from University of Southampton, England in 1992. He has distinguished himself by being frequeantly featured on the TV series, The Universe and acts as science consultant for the Discovery Channel. He has amassed a substantial list of publications.

He received the 2005 Maxwell Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics for his outstanding contribution to string theory and related theories. He was also recognized by the National Science Foundation in 1997. His work is revealed in his web site: http://asymptotia.com/

Please join Professor Johnson, Melissa and me Monday, April 28, 2014 at 8 pm EDT for an illuminating discussion of string theory.


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Blog: What Is Reality, with Max Tegmark?
Airs: Monday, March 31, 2014 at 8 pm. EDT.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: February 21, 2014.

Professor Max Tegmark is an MIT physicist specializing in precision cosmology. Although his undergraduate work was done at the Royal Institution of Technology at Stockholm, he earned his MA and Ph.D. at Berkley, California. He’s amassed several fellowships, has written many books and a number of technical articles. He’s appeared on BBC and Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole. TV series.

Please join Dr. Max Tegmark, Melissa and me for an extraordinary discussion of reality Monday, March 31, 2014 at 8 pm. EDT.


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Blog: Time and Time Travel (Remembering Einstein) with James Essig
Airs: Monday, March 17, 2014 at 8 pm EDT
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: February 21, 2014.

What would happen if we could travel faster than light? What would happen if we could orbit a black hole? What would happen if we could move through time? See how Albert Einstein clarified the whole concept of light speed and its significance to time. He made us aware of the possibility of time travel and the possible existence of black holes with his two extraordinary theories of relativity in 1905 (special relativity without gravity) and 1916 (general theory of relativity, including gravity.)

James Issig is an a priori scholar who focusses on relativistic rocketry. He believes that methods he discusses in his research can allow our technologies to explore the realm of traveling 10% or more of the speed of light, some 67,000,000 MPH. This effort could also lead to time travel. He did his under graduate work in physics at George Mason University.

Please join James Essig, Melissa and me to explore Time and Time Travel, for a mind-warping experience Monday, March 17, 2014 at 8 pm EDT.


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Blog: Exo-Planets, Honoring Michel Mayor
Airs: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 8 pm. EDT.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: February 21, 2014.

How do we discover new planets? What are the challenges to discover a habitable planet? Could we find another Earth? Join us to discover the new tools that provide the planet finder technology that may give us a window into unknown alien worlds. We re-examine the painstaking efforts that brought us ever closer to that incredible moment when we found our very first exo-planet in the Pagasus 51 system on October 6, 1995 by Swiss astronomers, Michel Mayer and Didier Queloz. We also decipher the plots and the cinematographic special effects of the Alien and Avatar movies. These give us hope and encourage our creativity.

Please join Melissa and me Monday, March 3, 2014 at 8 pm ET for an in-depth look at Exo-Planets and the prospects of finding life there.

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Blog: The Moons of Jupiter—Remembering Galileo and Arthur C
Airs: Monday, February 17, 2014 at 8 pm. EST.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: February 21, 2014.

Could there be life on Europa? A discussion of Galileo and Arthur C. Clarke tells all. Galileo’s discovery led to some of the most fascinating ideas ever to curdle the pages of science fiction and pave the way for a journey never imagined in our wildest dreams. These and more are captured by the most celebrated sci-fi player of the cosmos, Arthur C. Clarke and analyzed by one of the most curious minds of the Middle Ages, Galileo. Scientists say, just follow the water. And Europa has lots of it. Galileo reported observing 4 moons of Jupiter through his newly discovered telescope in Sidereus Nuncius, publsihed in 1610. See the other 56 moons discovered since. Galileo put Jupiter on the map bigtime.

Join Melissa and me as we explore Galileo’s mind and search out the mysteries in Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction Monday, February 17, 2014 at 8 pm EST.


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Blog: Black Stars—Remembering Allan Sandage
Airs: Monday, February 3, 2014 at 8 pm. EST.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: February 21, 2014.

Ever wonder what happens when a star runs out of fuel? Until very recently, no one in the cosmological arena had any idea of what happens when all of a star’s fuel has finished. That’s because, since the birth of the cosmos, not many stars have realized this fate. Now, efforts are underway that might shed light on this dark area of concern.

Please join Melissa and me Monday, February 3, 2014 at 8 pm EST for an explosive discussion of dieing stars.


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Blog: Unmanned Space Exploration with Chris Impey
Air: Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: January 1, 2014.

Christopher Impey is a British astronomer, educator and author. His work is supported with $20 million in grants from NASA and NSF.He’s authored over 160 papers on cosmology and astrobiology. He’s also written a series of science books, The Living Cosmos, How It Ends, How It Began and Dreams of Other Worlds. He was a Vice President of The American Astronomical Society and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He’s also won a number of awards from 1990 to the present.

Today, he is a professor of astronomy. He earned his Ph.D. at The University of Edinburgh in 1981, basic undergraduate work at the University of London.

Join Professor Chris Impey, Melissa and me Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8 pm ET for an exciting discussion of Unmanned Space Exploration.


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Blog: A Lunar Colony
It airs Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: January 27, 2013

NASA’s hope to return to the moon with a fresh perspective. The moon has been our companion for over 4 billion hears, yet we hardly know it. There are treasures there waiting to be discovered. The moon’s surface is rich with Helium3, oxygen, and water. Oxygen and hydrogen can also be extracted from water to use as rocket fuel. In addition to colonization and mining operations, a lunar base can be a springboard for exploring the solar system.

Please join Melissa and me Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8 pm ET for a special New Year’s presentation of returning to the moon.


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Blog: God Revisited
It airs Monday, December 23, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: December 6, 2013

Katherine V. Rowe is back with a vribrant discussion of the Instability of Zero. She is a graduate of Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a major in Political Science and Law. Her main ambition is to conclusively answer The God Question in a way that resonates with both the scientific and spiritual communities. She admires most Leon Lederman, for his courage and humor in The God Particle, and Douglas Adams, for demonstrating that bigger-picture theory can be hilariously witty. Visit her quest to answer the God question by visiting her magnificent Blog at: Katherine V. Rowe

Katherine V. Rowe appeared on Alpha Centauri & Beyond back in October 18, 2010. She’s back with a fresh perspective. Katherine comes to Alpha Centauri & Beyond with a vast background in cosmology, having carried out extensive research into the nature and existence of consciousness. She is at the forefront of a new idea that will stand strong among the giants of modern scientific literature. She discusses the outline of her up-coming book, The God Answer. In it she will examine the work of Dr. Persinger with the God Helmet, the importance of Lederman and the Higgs Boson "God particle", and how they relate to research and the examination of a new era.

Please join Katherine V. Rowe, Melissa and me on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 8 pm ET for an exciting discussion of God Revisited from a scientific perspective.



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Blog: Solar Sailing with Les Johnson
It airs Monday, December 9, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: November 12, 2013

Les Johnson is a scientist, an author, and the Deputy Manager for NASA’s Advanced Concepts Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He thrice received NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal and has 3 patents. Les’ science fiction books include the “Going Interstellar” anthology, “Back to the Moon” and the forthcoming “Rescue Mode” (co-authored with Ben Bova). His popular science books include “Solar Sails,” “Living Off the Land in Space,” “Sky Alert: When Satellites Fail,” and “Paradise Regained: How Space Technology Can Help Solve Problems on Earth”. He was the featured interstellar explorer in the January 2013 issue of National Geographic Magazine, served as a technical consultant on the movie “Europa Report,” and spoke at TEDx Huntsville 2013. Les is a member of the British Interplanetary Society, the US National Space Society and MENSA.

John Les Johnson, Melissa and me on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 8 pm ET for an exciting discussion of solar sails and Les Johnson’s work at NASA.



Blog: The First Real Interstellar Mission
It airs Monday, November 25, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: October 13, 2013

Doctor James Benford is a scholar and prominent speaker and advocate for solar sails and sail ships. He was a 2013 Starship Congress keynote speaker. He’s also appeared in Interstellar Beacons with SETI Talks. James and his brother, Gregory, participate in SETI undertakings and publicize their work on Planetary Radio.

Now Doctor Benford reveals the power of space sails in his Starship Century articles, Reaching for the Highest Bar and Sail Ships. Join Doctor Benford, Melissa and me on Monday, November 25, 2013, 8 to 9 pm. ET for an exciting discussion of the possibility of sailing through the cosmos.


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Blog: A Self-Sustaining Environment
It airs Monday, November 11, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: October 13, 2013

Ever wonder how the Earth is so self-sustaining? Learn about why complexity plays such a vital role in maintaining sustainability. It’s all a matter of balance. Learn how each species, from plankton to polar bears, from savanna grasses to Amazon jungles, from mice to the big cats, keeps the food chain intact. Learn how the elements in the atmosphere help maintain a balance, too.

Rebecca Reider earned her BA from Harvard and her Masters in Environmental Science from Yale. She is an agricultural and ecological project leader, educator and writer. She’s editor of Harvests Magazine, and a regular contributor to many farming and environmental magazines. She co-edited the book Agroecology and the Struggle for Food Sovereignty in the Americans.

In 2006, Ms. Reider received a Fulbright US Graduate Award to research organic agriculture at Lincoln University in New Zealand. Since then she has been coordinating education and research projects for organic producer groups in New Zealand. She is also the author of Dreaming the Biosphere.

Join Rebecca Reider, Melissa and me on Monday, November 11, 2013 for a discussion on self-sustaining environments.


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Blog: Is There Another Earth?
It airs Monday, October 28, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: October 13, 2013

Is there another Earth? Doctor Geoffrey Landis explores The Nuclear Rock and Across the Dark in Starship Century. Doctor Landis holds impressive credentials. He earned his BS from MIT in physics and electrical engineering and a PhD in solid-state physics from Brown University. He writes extensively both in science non-fiction as well as hard science fiction. He’s written a few books: Impact Parameter: And Other Quantum Realities and Mars Crossing, both were released in 2001.

He’s also authored or co-authored over 300 science papers. Several of his science fiction stories have won awards. Additionally, he’s published a considerable amount of poetry. Currently, he is a research scientist at NASA and a holds eight patents. He’s also a visiting professor at MIT.

Now he’s involved in two new pieces, an article, The Nuclear Rocket and a poem, Across the Dark. It looks like his first love is Mars exploration. Please join Doctor Landis, Melissa and me on Monday, October 28 at 8 pm ET for an exciting discussion of the possibility of finding another Earth.


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Blog: Terra-Forming Mars
It airs Monday, October 14, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: October 1, 2013

Doctor Robert Zubrin earned his Ph.D in Nuclear Engineering in 1992 from the University of Washington. Having authored over 200 technical and non-technical papers and five books, he has developed several space propulsion systems and many innovations. In 1996 he wrote The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must.

Now he reveals the rationale to explore and colonize the solar system in On the Way to Star Flight from the anthology, Starship Century. The article expresses the perils and high-energy demands of interstellar flight. He argues how they could be overcome in his powerful article.

Join Doctor Zubrin, Melissa and me on Monday, October 14, 2013, 8 to 9 pm. ET for an exciting discussion of Terra-Forming Mars with Doctor Robert Zubrin.


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Blog: Alien Worlds with Adam Crowl.
It airs Monday, September 30, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: September 1, 2013

Every wonder what real aliens might look like? Maybe they might not even be recognizable. Recent studies have revealed that life might have evolved in such a way vastly different from anything we know on Earth. Tonight we will examine Starship Pioneer in Starship Century with Adam Crowl.

Adam Crowl is a designer for “Project Icarus”, the sequel to the 1970s “Project Daedalus”, which designed in detail an interstellar probe using near-term and extrapolated technology. The project is trying to update the 1970s technology assumptions and employ what has been learnt about nuclear fusion, computer science, materials and interstellar travel since then.

Adam has written several articles, mostly about interstellar missions and space colonization in JBIS, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society the last few years. JBIS contains refereed academic papers from all over the world on all aspects of astronautics. It has a particular reputation for exploring forward thinking subjects such as interstellar flight, exobiology and the search for extraterrestrial life.

Now Adam J. Crowl will be talking about his participation in Starship Century with his article, Starship Pioneers. Please join Adam Crowl, Melissa and me Monday, September 30, 2013 at 8 pm. ET for an exciting discussion about Alien Worlds


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Blog: Manned Space Travels with Doctor Robert Zubrin. It airs Monday, September 16, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: August 20, 2013

Doctor Robert Zubrin earned his Ph.D in Nuclear Engineering in 1992 from the University of Washington. Having authored over 200 technical and non-technical papers and five books, he has developed several space propulsion systems and many innovations. In 1996 he wrote The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must.

Now he reveals the rationale to explore and colonize the solar system in On the Way to Star Flight from the anthology, Starship Century. The article expresses the perils and high-energy demands of interstellar flight. He argues how they could be overcome in his powerful article.

Join Doctor Zubrin, Melissa and me on Monday, September 16, 2013, 8 to 9 pm. ET for an exciting discussion of a rationale backlight on the necessary baggage of manned space flight.


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Blog: The Vast Universe: The Deeper Meaning of the Bigger Picture. It airs Monday, September 2, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: August 8, 2013

In Starship Century, To the End of the Universe by Doctor Martin Rees encompasses what Alpha Centauri & Beyond is really all about, incorporating science and science fiction into a neat puzzle. The authors in this work have done a fabulous job of bridging our understanding of science with our imagination in fiction.

Before Hubble no one had any idea of just how vast the universe really is. Not even the astronomers or theoretical physicists. We knew there were other galaxies. We could certainly see Andromeda Galaxy and we could even name a few others, but that was it. To think that there are as many galaxies out there as there are stars in the Milky Way was not just astounding, but bizarre.

My guest for this episode is Doctor Martin Rees. Share Rees’s creative enthusiasm and discover the secrets of the universe. This article expresses something particularly important. Melissa and I will unveil the secrets it holds, revealing Rees’ deepest secrets while discovering the insights of the universe.

Join Doctor Rees, Melissa and me Monday, Septermber 2, 2013 at 8 pm. ET for an intense discussion of The Vast Universe.


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Blog: Ten Ways Life on Earth Could End. Airs Monday, August 19, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: August 6, 2013

What would happen if the Earth had to endure a catastrophe such as an asteroid strike or a gamma ray burst? How would that affect life here? Find out about the lurking dangers and what we could do about them. Discover the wake-up call that could have destroyed our blue marble. However, it made us aware of how vulnerable we are.

Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 impacted Jupiter on July, 1994. This comet was previously designated D/1993 F2 and was anticipated to come close to Jupiter. The comet consequently broke apart before it struck Jupiter. No one, including its discoverer, could have imagined how intense and dynamic the impact would have been.

Join Melissa and me Monday, August 19, 2013 at 8 pm. ET for an intense discussion of Ten Ways Life on Earth Could End.


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Blog: NASA -- Past and Future. Airs Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: August 2, 2013

Imagine a world without NASA, when going to the moon was just a dream. We’d be sitting in the duldrums of the 1950’s with little more than some old Rock ‘n Roll tunes and the memory of a terrible war. It depicted a time devoid of the rich content of our modern day steeped with communication. NASA paved the way for that rich content, curtesy of satilite technology and the many products that resulted from NASA research.

The Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon, July 20, 1969 changed the way we think of space with the famous Neil Armstrong quote: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” It was a pivotal event because it changed the course of science and science fiction movie plots from those dull alien worlds and alien characters to truly alien words and characters rich with depth. And it paved the way for satilite technology.

Join Melissa and me Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8 pm. ET for an intense discussion of NASA -- Past and Future.


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Blog: Review of premiere show, Going to Mars Premiere, aired July 22, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: July 29, 2013

It appears the show was a smashinng success. The theme and story arcs went smoothly while the content was consistent with the marriage of science and sciencer fiction. Faulks are starting to talk about the show and take notice of the inner message Alpha Centauri & Beyond has to share. Many listened to the show live while other listeners tuned into the archives.

At the end of the show host, D. Wayne Dworsky and co-host, Melissa Macfie, indicated that the next show will focus on NASA -- Its past and future. Fans of the show are sitting on the edge of their proverbial chairs waiting for the next thrill-packed episode.


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Blog: Going to Mars Premiere
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: July 11, 2013

The premiere episode of the new Alpha Centauri & Beyond will be called “Going to Mars.” It will air July 22, 2013 at 8 pm ET. Don’t miss it. Among our discussions, we will cover the whole business of going to the red planet. Plus, we will be discussing non-fiction science literature. Experts in their field, including prominent names by renowned scholars, write these books. We will also be discussing most popular science fiction novels and films. Be sure to tune in to Blog Talk Radio’s Alpha Centauri & Beyond.


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Blog: It’s Official—We’re Going Live!
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: July 1, 2013

As of Today, July 1, 2013, Alpha Centauri & Beyond is announcing that the show will go live on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8 pm, ET. Listeners are invited to call in during the live show to ask the host or co-host a question or make a statement related to the show theme, by calling: 646-378-0539 during show time.

The premiere show is entitled, “Going to Mars.” The host, D. Wayne Dworsky and co-host, Melissa Macfie will be discussing the science of Mars, the science fiction literature and science fiction movies. In addition, we will be making reference to a pivotal event. The theme hopes to marry the efforts of science & technology with the creative writings of science fiction, highlighted by science fiction cinema. We hope to see you there.


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Blog: The Winding Road of Questions that Lead to a Show
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: June 26, 2013

On the way to producing a radio program, a host must make a number of correct decisions in order to realize a show’s success. There’s nothing like trying to second guess what the public wants to hear. But one thing rings clearly. Mr. And Ms. Public want excitement couched in disagreement. Like the perennial tennis match, we see the ball driven back and forth until someone can’t make the shot any longer.

If we select a region of content that attempts to interpret the moves of the game, then we will have tapped into the content that makes drama. I think that science and technology represents an area of knowledge that is so exciting and intriguing that it simply cannot be overlooked. Coupled with this idea is the drama behind the science fiction side. Together, these two, bold arenas promise to yield the kind of fascination that we first experienced as children—everything is new.

By selecting the important scientific breakthroughs and incorporating those concepts with creative insight, we find intense intrigue. All we need to do is think about Einstein’s relativity theory or speculate about an Arthur C. Clarke sci-fi and compile an adventure that promises to reveal a deeply rooted secret of reality.

As individuals, we have the distinct responsibility to make sense of the observable world and the imagined world in a context that makes sense. It is for this reason, primarily, that we are driven to explore and seek answers to many burning questions. It is hoped that the production of the shows of Alpha Centauri & Beyond will satisfy that pursuit.


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Blog: The Importance of a Marriage
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: June 18, 2013

When a show is dedicated to science it evokes a deep regard for those who stand on the shoulders of giants. It also evokes a deep regard for those who have devoted themselves to scientific pursuits and further science development. Since the beginning of the scientific era (1600) many have risked their reputation—indeed their lives on beliefs that try to explain the meaning of the universe and man’s place in it. Consequently, a long list of men and women builds in the twentieth century leaving a legacy of gratitude for those who came before and dared to reach out and explain what it all means. It’s only been in the last ten years that a true picture of the cosmos has begun to emerge. At last, we can stand back from science theorists and begin to appreciate where we are going and why we need to go there.

On the other side of the coin, a high regard for the creative aspects of science application reins. Those shared by the visionaries who dared to speculate on the possibilities science affords. These efforts represent the stand taken by the sci-fi community to sell their message to the public. For example, Star Trek endeavors to show how humanoids can colonize the galaxy and engage in war and peace treaties to launch an ongoing attempt to interact with the cosmos. Still, others such as Alien and the Arthur C. Clark flick, 2001, A Space Odyssey lend themselves to our wonder and imagination.

I applaud those writers, both science scholars and science fiction writers whose fortitude persists. Those men and women who put forward their words so that the public begins to perceive both the scientific backbone and the creative impetus in sci-fi work show the most promise of the human spirit.

By placing these vantage points in an arena as opposites reveals a joint effort to comprehend the human condition. Thus, it becomes easy to see how science supports science fiction and how the creative aspects of science fiction generates and feeds the ideas necessary to stimulate growth in science.


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Blog: What Is a Pivotal Event?
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: May 20, 2013

Ordinarily, a pivotal event is simply an indication for a turning point. In literature, one might refer to a pivotal event in a story arc to indicate to the reader that a progressive moment is imminent that will change the course of the plot. Sometimes, a pivotal event might even trigger a change in character development that tends to change the scope of the story. We normally think of such an event as simply a way to turn a corner.

With regard to the nature of the radio broadcast, Alpha Centauri & Beyond, the pivotal event represents a signal that joins two distinct and vital forces with a common theme. This characteristic occurs because of the dual nature of the program. These occur within the framework of science fiction literature as a whole and scientific discovery incorporated with technological breakthroughs. Together, these moments converge to heighten the significance and drama of strategic points of reference in both science literature and science fiction literature as a composite. This dynamic duo enforces the importance of certain stages of development within the double context. The result of this composite strengthens the importance of this pivotal event as it relates to the topic under discussion.

This view puts the appreciation of merging science and science fiction into a new perspective, enlightening the listener beyond the revelation that either of these works of literature by themselves provides. Hence, the author believes that the reader of this article will walk away with a fresh realization of what to expect from truly modern science and science fiction literature.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: The New View on Science and Science Fiction
By D. Wayne Dworsky,
Posted: May 10, 2013

Alpha Centauri & Beyond is about science and science fiction. Host, D. Wayne Dworsky and Co-Host, Melissa Macfie discuss issues that modern science faces as well as science fiction novel plots, themes and special effects in motion pictures. Each show features a separate theme. Guests on the show include science experts and science fiction writers. The show will air biweekly at 8 pm ET. Listeners are invited to call into the live show at 646-378-0539 to ask questions or make comments about the show's contents or theme.

Each show will feature a different theme, starting with Mars. In addition to a fresh theme for each episode, we will discuss a pivotal event. These pivotal events illuminate a particular scientific breakthough and/or launch a dynamic, new way of factoring science into science fiction literature and science fiction movies. Plus, each pitoval event will try to extract how some important science fiction phenomenon influenced science.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: Supporting Science Literature
By D. Wayne Dworsky,
Posted: April 10, 2013

This promo supports science literature, which includes the pod casts of Alpha Centauri & Beyond radio talk show. I hope to bring listeners up to date with all the news concerning the exploration of Mars. This new segment of the show will highlight new activities in the NASA program, recent books in science and technology as well as the latest flicks that enjoy a wide audience. I hope that continued public interest in technological pursuits will inspire a sustained interest in scientific and technologic developments.

We are at a crossroads in space exploration. We can only imagine what went through the minds of those great explorers such as Columbus and Magellan as they gazed out at the vast unknown. And again, we stand at the threshold of a new frontier, bravely daring each other to take the first steps into that vast unknown. However, unlike our predecessors, we have a significant technological advantage since we have powerful devices that can provide us with huge amounts of information and guide us to a more predictable outcome.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: Spin-off of original Alpha Centauri & Beyond
By D. Wayne Dworsky,
Posted: April 5, 2013

Posted: 4-5-13
Going to Mars will kick off this new show, which is a spin-off of the original Alpha Centauri & Beyond radio talk show. The new broadcast will feature Host, D. Wayne Dworsky. The show will air biweekly Mondays at 8 pm ET. Listeners are invited to call into the live show at: 646-378-0539. Watch for opening dates of the show episodes. (TBA)


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