Category Archives: Space Cases


Professor Kosta Tsipis, my MIT thesis advisor, had no qualms about biting the hand that fed me. Kosta is a brilliant nuclear physicist, a world-renowned arms control expert, and a major pain in the rectum to anyone who thinks the … Continue reading

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Big Fun in Little Gravity

I was floating outside the cargo bay of the space shuttle when I lost my grip on the wrench I was bringing astronaut Ron Tanner. Slowly it drifted away from me and pinged off the faceplate of Ron’s helmet. Whoops-a-daisy. … Continue reading

Posted in Collegiate Capers, Essays, Federal Offenses, Hijinks, Space Cases

Will the Aerospace Plane Work?

Warning!  Extreme dullness follows.  This is my only serious magazine piece.  Here I am, a 24 year-old know-it-all, yammering about scramjets and aerospace policy. This article, from the April 1987 issue of Technology Review, was adapted from my master’s thesis, … Continue reading

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U.S. News and World Report

In late March 1997 my agent called and asked if I would like my face on the cover of U.S. News & World Report.  Why the hell not?  The magazine was doing a story on corruption in Major League Baseball … Continue reading

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