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Matthew S. Williams

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I'm a professional writer for Universe Today and have written hundreds of articles on the subjects of astronomy, space exploration, Earth science and cosmology. I am also a lover of sci-fi and the classics - always have been, always will be!

My first published novel, The Cronian Incident, (Formist Series #1) was recently released and has cracked the top #50 Hot New Releases on Amazon. It's a hard SF romp through the Solar System of the late 23rd century, and deals with subjects ranging from terraforming and colonization to Climate Change and the Technological Singularity.

When I'm not writing, I'm practicing Taekwon-Do, or just enjoying life in BC with my wife and cat.

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Beyond Fermi’s Paradox Series!

A few weeks ago at Universe Today, I started a series that takes a look at the Fermi Paradox. For those who are not familiar, this refers to the contradiction that was observed by famed Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi. This contradiction can be summarized as “if life is statistically so likely in the Universe, why haven’t we found any evidence of it yet?”





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message 3: by Jess

Jess Vescio I don't want to argue with that Bill guy anymore about definitions because all I can do is point to a dictionary and if that isn't proof enough, he wins I guess because there will never be better proof. So I give up on that, I have no way to win when logic is ignored.

But I would like to point out how interesting it is that a user commenting in a thread about 1984 seems to be practicing doublethink. Refusing to acknowledge that his definition is incorrect even when confronted with so much evidence. Big Brother has just raised your chocolate ration from 30 grammes to 20 ;)


Matthew Williams Judyta wrote: "Thank you for accepting my invitation :-)"
Hey, no problem, always interesting in swapping ideas! Especially with a fellow historian.


Judyta Szaciłło Thank you for accepting my invitation :-)


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