Vissiniti is the website of Margaret Murphy, an amateur planetary scientist and aspiring screenwriter.
She has a few ambitions: to finish her screenplay, to work with other writers, to embark on a PhD in planetary science (well, maybe not…not in 2023 anyway). Beyond that, she is open to suggestions. Exploring the moons of Mars, perhaps.
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, comets, meteoroids, meteors and meteorites, in fact or fiction.
Her exploration of space rocks in science fiction has seen her compile the Index of Moving Pictures about Asteroid and Comet Threats, and since planetary scientists are obsessed with acronyms, you can call it 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 don’t find the subject of asteroid spectral types and taxonomies too tedious, she has written a popular essay covering the half a century of asteroid classification systems. It’s a long read that might just keep you busy for another half a century.
Prior to that, she undertook a deep dive into the compositions of spinel group minerals in meteorites that took many months to compile, but shelved it due to lack of inspiration (actually, it defeated her, but it may resurface one day, if she ever properly resumes her academic activities again).
One flew east, one flew west…recalling what another (Mc)Murphy said, “a little change never hurt, a little variety,” so you may see articles on this website on subjects completely unrelated to planetary science and wonder what on earth they are doing here.
One day she woke up and thought…let’s write a screenplay. Her current script is as much psychological thriller as it is science fiction.
She describes herself as a method writer.
For relaxation, since she can’t track down any more asteroid and comet movies to watch that she hasn’t already seen, she’s always on the lookout for another genre to dive into. Currently, she’s watching her way through the filmography of Number 6 himself, Patrick McGoohan. He didn’t ever do a movie about the threat of a rock from space, but he did underestimate that Rock at the top of the world in the one about the spy satellite that fell to Earth. Good God, McGoohan was good.