About

Vissiniti is the website of Margaret McMurphy*, an amateur planetary scientist and aspiring screenwriter, currently working on her own story.

She has three ambitions for 2022–23: to finish her screenplay, to work with other writers, and to embark on a PhD in planetary science. Beyond that, she is open to suggestions. A detour to the moons of Mars, maybe.

She hosts this site for her own entertainment where she talks about planetary science, sci-fi and anything where she can weave in a circumventous route back to asteroids or comets, in fact or fiction.

Her exploration of these space oddities in fiction has seen her compile the Index of Moving Pictures about Asteroid and Comet Threats. And since planetary scientists are for some reason obsessed with acronyms, the list is known as IMPACT!

But science fiction isn’t science fiction forever. You only have to read a few classic Robert Heinlein novels to realise that. Or listen to Elon Musk talk about going to Mars. Please take me with you!

If you are interested in something factual and don’t find the subject of asteroid spectral types and taxonomies too tedious or taxing, she has written a popular article (essay, really) covering the fifty years of asteroid classification systems, a read that might just keep you busy for the same length of time.

In reality, she is interested in any phenomena in the sky, not just rocks from space. One flew east, one flew west, recalling what another McMurphy said, “a little change never hurt, a little variety,” so she sometimes writes articles about non-sci-fi dramas or anything else, however random, that she believes is worth looking into, not just at.

She particularly enjoys weaving in obscure connections.

(* The “Mc” is silent and only included to clarify that she is not the author with the same name.)