Martin Stellinga Posts

April 15, 2022 / Writing
Suspension of Disbelief

Some movies will make me shout “I don’t believe it! This is just too stupid.” out loud. In some ways, that’s a strange remark. Because, really, all movies are unrealistic, unless I’m watching a documentary. But some movies seem more unrealistic than others.

April 8, 2022 / Being a Dad
We'll explain when you're older

Last week, my daughter asked me “what’s that blue and yellow flag?” while I was taking her to school. People have been hanging the Ukrainian flag in their windows, as a show of support. So, do I tell her, or wait until she’s older?

April 1, 2022 / Science
Mars horizon
Bonneville Crater – NASA/JPL/Cornell (cleaned up by me)

Terraforming Mars is a favorite of many science fiction novelists. However, since we cannot even keep the climate of our already habitable Earth stable, how could we hope to create one from scratch on Mars? Let’s have a look.

March 25, 2022 / Reviews

The Wheel of Time is the largest epic fantasy story ever, with 15 books totaling over 4.4 million words. For reference, that’s more than seven times the Lord of the Rings. The Wheel of Time is big… and now it’s also a television show.

March 18, 2022 / Writing