About Me

I grew up with a love of all things science. I received a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Princeton University in 2016, and I am currently a postdoc at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. My research centers around the atmospheres of extrasolar planets, particularly with regard to determining what they are made of.

Meanwhile, somehow, I managed to rope myself into the writing game, so I’m also a part-time science fiction writer. Here, I share my thoughts on science, fiction, and anything else that comes to mind.

I’ve written several science fiction books and short stories that I am (for the moment) trying to publish through traditional channels, but I have posted several of my short stories here on my blog, along with longer non-fiction essays that don’t fit into a single post. I also post book and movie reviews, interesting science news stories, occasional commentary on current events, and just cool science facts.

By way of full disclosure, all of the opinions expressed on this blog are my own personal views and do not necessarily represent the views of NASA or the United States Government. Posts are not sponsored by any outside person or organization unless otherwise noted.

12 Responses to About Me

  1. Julie Israel says:

    Informed sci-fi! Alright!
    I love seeing fiction cross with other areas of a person’s studies or experience. Looking forward to some good material here 🙂

  2. Keith Fritz says:

    Hey Alex. Don’t know if you remember me, but we attended several writing groups together at the Princeton Public Library. I found your blog when I did a google search for the magic spreadsheet, which I learned about from you. Would love to catch up with how you’re doing. Find me on facebook or just email: kedwin31@gmail.com

  3. Nayan Thakurani says:

    Hi Alex.

    I stumbled upon your blog earlier today as I tried to find the answer to a What If? reject (http://alexrhowe.com/2014/10/18/what-if-rejects-1-1-teeth/). I’ve been exploring some of your other work like your short stories, and I have to say, I’m a fan. I’m currently in my junior year of high school and an aspiring writer. I would also love to be an astrophysicist but unfortunately my math isn’t very strong (I’m a giant space geek nonetheless!)

    I’ve known about your blog for less than a day but it’s already inspired me and given me thoughts that go in so many different directions. I’d love to pick your brain and I’d really appreciate it if you’d shoot me an email. Thanks 🙂

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  12. Michele says:

    I really really enjoyed your blog post on Albus Dumbledore’s plan. You write very clearly, and you helped me understand a lot about dumbledore that I never could have figured out on my own. Do you have anything else on dumbledore orHarry Potter in general that you’ve posted? I would love to read more of your thoughts on them.

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