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Stories by Mark Alpert

The Bowling Ball That Invaded Earth

Former Scientific American editor Mark Alpert talks about his latest science fiction thriller, The Orion Plan, featuring the method whereby aliens most likely really would colonize our planet.

May 5, 2016 — Mark Alpert and Steve Mirsky

Alpha Centauri or Bust

Is a new plan to blast nanosatellites to the stars with gigagantic lasers brilliant or crazy—or a little of both?

April 13, 2016 — Mark Alpert

My Love Affair With Relativity

I was introduced to the Einstein field equations three decades ago as a naïve undergraduate—and was smitten at once by their beauty and simplicity

November 25, 2015 — Mark Alpert

Neutron Oddball

A newly discovered neutron star doesnt behave like it's supposed to

January 1, 2008 — Mark Alpert

Crater Jumper

Hopping probe may hunt for ice on the moon

March 13, 2006 — Mark Alpert