Hi! I'm Ron Miller. I'm an illustrator and an author specializing in science, astronomy, science fiction and the like. I've got about 50-odd books to my credit (some odder than others), many of which are books about science for young adults. I've also written a handful of novels. In addition to providing the art for my … » 4/14/14 7:56am Monday 7:56am

This map of the moon was included in the otherwise execrable 1874 Edward Roth edition of Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon. The map is historic in that it was the first map of the moon to be oriented with north at the top (as Verne explains in the novel, lunar charts are traditionally oriented as they appear in… » 4/13/14 8:41pm Sunday 8:41pm

I could hardly agree more with you! Of all the cringe-worthy elements of "LoEG," the car really stood out. If for no other reason than that it simply didn't fit the period in which the story was set—even remotely. Plastering curly-cues on things to make them look "Victorian" was something I had fondly hoped had been… » 4/10/14 5:09pm 4/10/14 5:09pm

This is not so much a result of misspelling as such but a lack of standards in transliteration...or, perhaps, standards that are either inconsistent or being upgraded in order to better reflect correct pronunciation. For this reason, for instance, we now have "Mao Zedong" instead of "Mao Tse Tung." The problem with names… » 4/08/14 7:43am 4/08/14 7:43am

Mr. Wizard. I would hurry home from school to make sure I never missed a show. Back then (I suppose when attention spans were longer), he would devote an entire show to a single topic. He also did things that no one would ever dream of doing on a kid's science show today, like show you how to blow things up. » 3/31/14 8:07am 3/31/14 8:07am