Welcome to the new incarnation of Skulls in the Stars here at Scientopia! The title of this post refers to the title of an unpublished Robert E. Howard story, and also sounds like a perfect way to describe my goals here. I’m a professor of Physics and Optical Science at UNC Charlotte who has a love of science and "weird" fiction; a blog seemed like a perfect place to explore both topics, and even their surprising interconnections!
Of scientific topics, I cover primarily optics and general physics, with a large amount of posts on the history of these fields. My interests in "weird" fiction are focused primarily on horror, sci-fi, and fantasy of the 1930s and earlier, though I do discuss more recent stuff as the mood strikes me. The combination of science and "weird" fiction originally started as an expression of my eclectic interests, but it turns out that science has had a significant influence on the imaginations of authors, and through them society as a whole! I will try and highlight more or these connections as the blog continues.
I will hopefully be importing my old archives from wordpress.com in the near future; in the meantime, you can see them at this link.
For an explanation about the title of the blog, which is also a Robert E. Howard story, see the ‘about’ page.