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The incredible biodiversity of Aquaman: the grand finale

Aquaman, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceMay 12, 2014

We’ve traveled far, this last week. From gentle basking sharks gliding across the surface of the North Sea to titanically tiny worms dwelling in the deep. The variant cover for Aquaman #31 is a fantastically diverse sampling of real ocean organisms, many of them not only profoundly weird but also almost entirely unstudied. Mike Allred’s is […]

The penultimate installment of the incredible biodiversity of Aquaman’s variant cover

Aquaman, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceMay 9, 2014

We are approaching the home stretch, with the second to last installment of our tour through this amazing Aquaman cover. Have you been following along? How many have you guessed so far? If you haven’t been following along, you can catch up with the previous installments, below: The incredible biodiversity of Aquaman’s variant cover The […]

The incredible biodiversity of Aquaman’s variant cover: Part four of a six part trilogy.

Aquaman, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceMay 8, 2014

Welcome to day four of our delightful tour through the weird, wonderful creatures on Michael Allred’s incredible Aquaman cover. It’s all fish today! Since we’re at the halfway point, now seems like a good time to reflect on why this cover matters so much. I’ve been a fan of Aquaman for a long time, and for all […]

The incredible biodiversity of Aquaman’s variant cover: Episode 2

Aquaman, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, ScienceMay 6, 2014

Welcome back to another exciting installment of the incredible biodiversity of this incredible Aquaman cover. Today we’re investigating species 4 through 6, where we’ll meet one of my favorite mid-water fish. 4. Fangtooth (Anoplogaster cornuta) With the largest tooth-length-to-body ratio of any fish, the fangtooth has earned its menacing name. Unfortunately, this intimidating creature barely […]

The incredible biodiversity of Aquaman’s variant cover

Aquaman, deep sea, marine science, Natural Science, Popular Culture, Science, sharksMay 5, 2014

Aquaman. Wow. Artist Mike Allred has seriously outdone himself with this incredible variant cover to Aquaman #31, featuring a 75th anniversary tribute to Batman as well as an incredible pastel array of deep-sea creatures. What truly amazing about this cover is that each one of these animals is a real living denizen of the deep […]

Attack of the paranormal mermaid romance novel: Why you should never, ever lose a bet to David Shiffman

Popular Culture, Science FictionMarch 3, 2014

Take heed, all those who would dare to gamble against David Shiffman. You will fail. It seemed innocent enough. I was in the middle of a job search, paying the bills with consulting, freelance work, and science writing while pursuing the next academic appointment. Finally having a bit of time, I wrote a science fiction […]

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