Lee Falin - Scientist & Storyteller




TOR / Reactor Magazine

The Science of Future Past

The Science of Future Past is a series I wrote for TOR, which explores whether early science fiction writers were predicting the future or helping to define it.

Each article highlights a set of concepts invented or popularized in classic works of science fiction, and then explores how those concepts have taken shape in modern times.

The first part of the series focuses on Isaac Asimov’s classic book, Foundation, while the second part looks at the technology of Frank Herbert’s Dune.

The Science of Allomancy

The Science of Allomancy series applies real-world science to the question of how various metals and alloys might fuel the powers of the Allomancers in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series.


My favorite, and most popular article for TOR was based on an observation one of my young daughters made while watching the movie, "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids". She noticed that the relative scale of various objects in the movie were inconsistent.

This led to my writing “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and the Science of Scale“.

Scientific American

Transcripts for some of the episodes of the Everyday Einstein science education podcast were also published in Scientific American.

Medium Publications

An eclectic collection of articles written for various publications hosted on Medium:


My Cousin Jane is a podcast produced by Jane Austen’s cousin, Lee Falin—well, her 8th cousin, 6 times removed—about the life and works of Jane Austen.

Rather than explore the “literary themes and ethos of Jane Austen”, or something else you might hear about in a graduate level English Lit class, My Cousin Jane presents a light hearted, chapter-by-chapter collection of segments that one could think of as the “Deleted Scenes” or “Bonus Features” of Austen’s works.

For just over two years, I was the writer and host of the Everyday Einstein science education podcast (since rebranded as Ask Science), part of Macmillan’s Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.

The podcast was regularly in the top 10 K-12 educational podcasts on iTunes, and transcripts of some episodes were featured in Scientific American.

Podchaser contains an archive of all of the episodes I hosted.

Research Papers

These days I write more science fiction than science fact, but over the years I have written or contributed to a few research papers and academic conferences:

University Courses

If you're interested in game design, software development, or machine learning, you may find the materials in some of my old university courses to be useful:


Southern Virginia University

University of the Cumberlands

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