Karen Burnham is an electrical engineer working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (all opinions expressed in this piece are her own, and no reflection of NASA’s official policy). She is also a book reviewer writing for Locus, Strange Horizons, SFSignal, and Cascadia Subduction Zone. She writes non-fiction about science when she can, and recently started writing for GeekMom.com.


Karen Burnham has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

Difficulties of an Asteroid Capture Mission

NON-FICTION by Karen Burnham in Issue 85 – October 2013

2013 is shaping up to be the Year of the Asteroid. On February 15th a 10,000 ton meteor, undetected until it streaked through the sky, exploded above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. According to National Geographic, the shock wave from the explosion circled the entire globe twice before dying down. Coincidentally, it came on the […]

Inconstant Constants

NON-FICTION by Karen Burnham in Issue 59 – August 2011

Science changes our understanding of the universe all the time. We move from vacuum tubes to integrated circuits to quantum computers. Hypotheses are proposed and then tested. But for the last hundred years or more, there’s been an important assumption that all scientists share: there’s nothing different about one patch of space compared to another […]
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