Torn’s Science Fiction, Technology, and Science 20–27 Feb 2023

Short science fiction by Torn MacAlester
Thunder Moon Tussle received a five star review


Thun­der Moon Tus­sle is a nov­el that would nev­er have hap­pened if I had fol­lowed my orig­i­nal plan.  I was writ­ing anoth­er nov­el and decid­ed that I need­ed a back­sto­ry told.  That back­sto­ry was­n’t expect­ed to be very long. How­ev­er, that was before I intro­duced Deputy Genevieve Miller.

Sel­dom does a char­ac­ter arrives that dis­rupts every­thing. Deputy Mil­er arrived and dis­rupt­ed Nils Carmike accord­ing to plan. But that inter­ac­tion became so intrigu­ing that the sto­ry­line mor­phed. In fact, it mor­phed enough to require a sub­stan­tial rewrite of the orig­i­nal nov­el to include Gen Miller as a major character.

As that orig­i­nal nov­el, I’m near­ing its com­ple­tion after rewrit­ing it from scratch. Gen’s inclu­sion is a pos­i­tive impact on the orig­i­nal sto­ry.   I wel­come the read­er to take  a sneak peak at Thun­der Moon Tussle:

Thun­der Moon Tussle

Also, it is avail­able at in both paper­back and kin­dle: Thun­der Moon Tus­sle by Torn MacAlester 

Thunder Moon Tussle Trailer

Thunder Moon Tussle by Torn MacAlester available on

This week’s discord chat

Week of Feb 19 2023 [19th at 1 PM EDT (6 PM GMT), 22nd at 9 PM EDT (23rd 2AM GMT)]

    • Dis­cus­sion about Thun­der Moon Tus­sle by Torn MacAlester

Currently Reading


2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

The Space Envi­ron­ment: Impli­ca­tions for Space­craft Design — Revised and Expand­ed Edi­tion by Alan C. Tribble

Lunar Source­book: a Users Guide to the Moon edit­ed by Grant H. Heiken, David T. Van­i­man, and Bevan M. French

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Destination—Death by Wilber S. Peacock


The New Fron­tiers Series, Book One: The Ship by Jack L. Knapp


A new novel by Torn MacAlester

The long awaited sequel to Thunder Moon Tussle:

Mask of the Joyful Moon

Coming Soon

This Week’s Short Fiction by Torn MacAlester

This week, I offer the vignette Stranger.


Evidence to Resolve Dark Energy Mystery

Dark mat­ter and dark ener­gy have been two fun­da­men­tal prob­lems in cur­rent physics.

Dark mat­ter is the unseen mat­ter that makes galax­ies spin like DVDs rather than like whirl pools.  The dark mat­ter has to be there to make the vis­i­ble mat­ter (stars and neb­u­la) move the way they do.

Dark ener­gy is respon­si­ble for explain­ing the mea­sure­ments of the uni­verse’s expan­sion. If the uni­verse motion was dri­ven by grav­i­ty only, then all of the objects in the uni­verse should be slow­ing down with time. The mea­sure­ment indi­cates that the galax­ies are speed­ing up as they move away from each oth­er. Dark ener­gy is pos­tu­lat­ed as the unknow ener­gy source that explains the mea­sure­ments of the uni­verse’s expansion.

Now, Evi­dence sug­gests that black holes may be respon­si­ble for this dark ener­gy.  If true, this will account for 70% of the ener­gy bal­ance of the uni­verse that is cur­rent­ly unknown.

First Evi­dence of Black Holes as the Source of Dark Energy

I give a spe­cial thanks to Luna Lunar­ia for mak­ing me aware of this article.

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