Hello! My name is Ethan Mills. This blog represents the convergence of two aspects of my identity: science fiction fan and philosophy professor. I've been a science fiction fan as long as I can remember, and I later realized that I was also interested in philosophy all along! 

The mission of Examined Worlds ... to popularize philosophy ... to philosophize science fiction ... to boldly think where no one has thought before! See my first post, "Philosophy as Science Fiction; Science Fiction and Philosophy," for more on the idea behind this blog. See also My Favorite Posts.

I am also the current President of the Science Fiction and Philosophy Society!

Writing for a Popular Audience

Examined Worlds is one avenue for my writing for a popular audience.  I've also published articles in volumes including Stephen Colbert and Philosophy (2009), Philip K. Dick and Philosophy (2011), and Dune and Philosophy (2022).

Professional Academic Pursuits

I am Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA.

Please note that the contents of this blog do not in any way represent the views of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  

To learn about my professional academic work and other activities, including my academic work on science fiction and philosophy, please see my personal web page.

See one of my favorite posts, "Is the Study of Ancient Philosophy Like Science Fiction?" to see how my academic interests in ancient philosophy, especially the philosophical traditions of classical India, relate to my interests in science fiction.

Review Requests

Unfortunately due to the immense pile of books on my to-read list, I cannot accept requests to review books from authors at this time. Like all things, this situation may change in the future or it may admit of rare exceptions, but for now I will mostly likely politely decline such requests.


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    Your thoughts on AURORA don't address the obvious plot flaws and illogic.

    1. Thanks for letting me know about the workshop! It sounds really interesting. I'm not sure if I can make it, but I'll think about it.

      As for Aurora, I'm aware some people think there are plot flaws and illogic, but I tend to disagree (although I don't know what specific issues you're talking about). Whatever minor flaws there may be, I think it's well worth exploring the deeper issues raised in the book, which I considered in my review: http://examinedworlds.blogspot.com/2015/08/melancholy-among-stars-aurora-by-kim.html

  2. Should it not be: "To boldly think upon which none have thought before." I'm just starting to read this blog, so sorry for my directness. A good first impression?

    1. I was just trying to mirror the wording of the Star Trek intro, but your wording may be more grammatically correct.