I am pleased to announce that I will be writing a periodic column for Blastr, the new incarnation of SciFIWire, the SyFy Channel's web news portal*! I've had an informal relationship with SyFy for a while. The panel I moderate at Comic Con every year has Jaime Paglia from the SyFy show "Eureka" on it, and they've been nice enough to let me sneak in attend the SyFy/Entertainment Weekly party every year so I can ogle celebrities and pretend I'm cool for an evening. But it's now official: I'll be writing a monthly column on the science of science fiction for Blastr, and the inaugural column is now up: Predators, and being abducted by one. I pontificate about the likelihood of being snatched from your bed and plopped down on a gaming preserve planet. You probably already know the answer (50/50, of course, since it will either happen or it won't), but getting to that answer is the real fun. I enjoyed writing the article, and I hope you like reading it. In the future I'll write about the science of TV shows, comic books, or whatever else the folks at Blastr and I come up with. So set your bookmarks, update your feedreader, and put a little reality into your make-believe. It makes it even more fun.
^* Apparently, some people don't like the misspelled name and have been leaving complaints on the Blastr intro page. I guess these same folks won't use Flickr or Google, either.