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About Melissa Macfie

Besides possessing English language arts mastery skills, she produces paintings, crafts sculptures and teaches a wide range of drama and mythology classes. She grew up in New Jersey, where she attended Saint Joseph’s Elementary in Carteret and later Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, (high school). In college she majored in English literature at Douglas College/Rutgers University in New Brunswick where she received her BA. Finally, she finished her education, earning her MA from The Graduate School of Education at Rutgers.

Education Application

She put all her educational credit to good use in the various programs at the school where she presently teaches. Both the drama and Greek mythology classes have filled her days with joy.

Now she aspires to incorporate all of it to promote her writing, hoping to be the next Agatha Christie.

Born to Lead

She takes great pride in assembling her efforts in creative pursuits. These include writing and painting

Her Artistic Talents

To say she paints is an understatement. She’s engaged with an artistic flare that demands expression. All her paintings and sculptures take on a life of their own, depicting realism that has developed over the 30 plus years she’s been creating.

Her travels

When she was still a teenager, she saw the world in South America and Asia. She walked on the Great Wall of China, discovered the ancient history of Japan and marveled at the accomplishments of Hong Kong. She even got to see how Spain to round out her itinerary.

Community Service

She’s active in scholarship programs that support her community. She’s not giving these up any time soon.

What Rocks Her World?

She still harbors the highest admiration of those celebrated individuals whose accomplishments transcend educational goals. These include Benjaman Franklyn, Albert Einstein, Leonardo DaVinci. WHO ELSE? These people, and others like them, motivate Melissa to feel uplifted and fortunate to have come to know them. And she, too, is admired as a role model for her students.

Melissa's Motto:

Look up to those with high expectations of themselves and you will join them.

A New Voice Comes to
Alpha Centauri & Beyond

She also joins the growing family at Alpha Centauri & Beyond on Blog Talk Radio as sidekick and co-host. She brings a fresh voice to the show along with host, D. Wayne Dworsky. In the coming weeks, Alpha Centauri & Beyond will return with a new program. Melissa MacFie will embrace the discussions of science literature, science fiction literature and science fiction movies, hoping to engage listeners with a brand new perspective. Watch for a new blog and a whole new agenda on Blog Talk Radio's Alpha Centauri & Beyond. Please stay tuned for an update on our exact show dates. See you in the galaxy!

Use the player below to listen to any of the archived shows.

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D. Wayne Dworsky & Melissa Macfie

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Below are the blogs for the site.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: Manned Space Travels with Doctor Robert Zubrin. It airs Monday, September 16, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: August 20, 2013

Doctor Robert Zubrin earned his Ph.D in Nuclear Engineering in 1992 from the University of Washington. Having authored over 200 technical and non-technical papers and five books, he has developed several space propulsion systems and many innovations. In 1996 he wrote The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must.

Now he reveals the rationale to explore and colonize the solar system in On the Way to Star Flight from the anthology, Starship Century. The article expresses the perils and high-energy demands of interstellar flight. He argues how they could be overcome in his powerful article.

Join Doctor Zubrin, Melissa and me on Monday, September 16, 2013, 8 to 9 pm. ET for an exciting discussion of a rationale backlight on the necessary baggage of manned space flight.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: The Vast Universe: The Deeper Meaning of the Bigger Picture.
It airs Monday, September 2, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: August 8, 2013

In Starship Century, To the End of the Universe by Doctor Martin Rees encompasses what Alpha Centauri & Beyond is really all about, incorporating science and science fiction into a neat puzzle. The authors in this work have done a fabulous job of bridging our understanding of science with our imagination in fiction.

Before Hubble no one had any idea of just how vast the universe really is. Not even the astronomers or theoretical physicists. We knew there were other galaxies. We could certainly see Andromeda Galaxy and we could even name a few others, but that was it. To think that there are as many galaxies out there as there are stars in the Milky Way was not just astounding, but bizarre.

My guest for this episode is Doctor Martin Rees. Share Rees’s creative enthusiasm and discover the secrets of the universe. This article expresses something particularly important. Melissa and I will unveil the secrets it holds, revealing Rees’ deepest secrets while discovering the insights of the universe.

Join Doctor Rees, Melissa and me Monday, Septermber 2, 2013 at 8 pm. ET for an intense discussion of The Vast Universe.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: Ten Ways Life on Earth Could End. Airs Monday, August 19, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: August 6, 2013

What would happen if the Earth had to endure a catastrophe such as an asteroid strike or a gamma ray burst? How would that affect life here? Find out about the lurking dangers and what we could do about them. Discover the wake-up call that could have destroyed our blue marble. However, it made us aware of how vulnerable we are.

Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 impacted Jupiter on July, 1994. This comet was previously designated D/1993 F2 and was anticipated to come close to Jupiter. The comet consequently broke apart before it struck Jupiter. No one, including its discoverer, could have imagined how intense and dynamic the impact would have been.

Join Melissa and me Monday, August 19, 2013 at 8 pm. ET for an intense discussion of Ten Ways Life on Earth Could End.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: NASA -- Past and Future.
It aired Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: August 2, 2013

Imagine a world without NASA, when going to the moon was just a dream. We’d be sitting in the duldrums of the 1950’s with little more than some old Rock ‘n Roll tunes and the memory of a terrible war. It depicted a time devoid of the rich content of our modern day steeped with communication. NASA paved the way for that rich content, curtesy of satilite technology and the many products that resulted from NASA research.

The Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon, July 20, 1969 changed the way we think of space with the famous Neil Armstrong quote: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” It was a pivotal event because it changed the course of science and science fiction movie plots from those dull alien worlds and alien characters to truly alien words and characters rich with depth. And it paved the way for satilite technology.

Join Melissa and me Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8 pm. ET for an intense discussion of NASA -- Past and Future.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: It’s Official—We’re Going Live!
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: July 1, 2013

As of Today, July 1, 2013, Alpha Centauri & Beyond is announcing that the show will go live on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8 pm, ET. Listeners are invited to call in during the live show to ask the host or co-host a question or make a statement related to the show theme, by calling: 646-378-0539 during show time.

The premiere show is entitled, “Going to Mars.” The host, D. Wayne Dworsky and co-host, Melissa Macfie will be discussing the science of Mars, the science fiction literature and science fiction movies. In addition, we will be making reference to a pivotal event. The theme hopes to marry the efforts of science & technology with the creative writings of science fiction, highlighted by science fiction cinema. We hope to see you there.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: The Winding Road of Questions that Lead to a Show
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: June 26, 2013

On the way to producing a radio program, a host must make a number of correct decisions in order to realize a show’s success. There’s nothing like trying to second guess what the public wants to hear. But one thing rings clearly. Mr. And Ms. Public want excitement couched in disagreement. Like the perennial tennis match, we see the ball driven back and forth until someone can’t make the shot any longer.

If we select a region of content that attempts to interpret the moves of the game, then we will have tapped into the content that makes drama. I think that science and technology represents an area of knowledge that is so exciting and intriguing that it simply cannot be overlooked. Coupled with this idea is the drama behind the science fiction side. Together, these two, bold arenas promise to yield the kind of fascination that we first experienced as children—everything is new.

By selecting the important scientific breakthroughs and incorporating those concepts with creative insight, we find intense intrigue. All we need to do is think about Einstein’s relativity theory or speculate about an Arthur C. Clarke sci-fi and compile an adventure that promises to reveal a deeply rooted secret of reality.

As individuals, we have the distinct responsibility to make sense of the observable world and the imagined world in a context that makes sense. It is for this reason, primarily, that we are driven to explore and seek answers to many burning questions. It is hoped that the production of the shows of Alpha Centauri & Beyond will satisfy that pursuit.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: The Importance of a Marriage
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: June 18, 2013

When a show is dedicated to science it evokes a deep regard for those who stand on the shoulders of giants. It also evokes a deep regard for those who have devoted themselves to scientific pursuits and further science development. Since the beginning of the scientific era (1600) many have risked their reputation—indeed their lives on beliefs that try to explain the meaning of the universe and man’s place in it. Consequently, a long list of men and women builds in the twentieth century leaving a legacy of gratitude for those who came before and dared to reach out and explain what it all means. It’s only been in the last ten years that a true picture of the cosmos has begun to emerge. At last, we can stand back from science theorists and begin to appreciate where we are going and why we need to go there.

On the other side of the coin, a high regard for the creative aspects of science application reins. Those shared by the visionaries who dared to speculate on the possibilities science affords. These efforts represent the stand taken by the sci-fi community to sell their message to the public. For example, Star Trek endeavors to show how humanoids can colonize the galaxy and engage in war and peace treaties to launch an ongoing attempt to interact with the cosmos. Still, others such as Alien and the Arthur C. Clark flick, 2001, A Space Odyssey lend themselves to our wonder and imagination.

I applaud those writers, both science scholars and science fiction writers whose fortitude persists. Those men and women who put forward their words so that the public begins to perceive both the scientific backbone and the creative impetus in sci-fi work show the most promise of the human spirit.

By placing these vantage points in an arena as opposites reveals a joint effort to comprehend the human condition. Thus, it becomes easy to see how science supports science fiction and how the creative aspects of science fiction generates and feeds the ideas necessary to stimulate growth in science.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: What Is a Pivotal Event?
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: May 22, 2013

Ordinarily, a pivotal event is simply an indication for a turning point. In literature, one might refer to a pivotal event in a story arc to indicate to the reader that a progressive moment is imminent that will change the course of the plot. Sometimes, a pivotal event might even trigger a change in character development that tends to change the scope of the story. We normally think of such an event as simply a way to turn a corner.

With regard to the nature of the radio broadcast, Alpha Centauri & Beyond, the pivotal event represents a signal that joins two distinct and vital forces with a common theme. This characteristic occurs because of the dual nature of the program. These occur within the framework of science fiction literature as a whole and scientific discovery incorporated with technological breakthroughs. Together, these moments converge to heighten the significance and drama of strategic points of reference in both science literature and science fiction literature as a composite. This dynamic duo enforces the importance of certain stages of development within the double context. The result of this composite strengthens the importance of this pivotal event as it relates to the topic under discussion.

This view puts the appreciation of merging science and science fiction into a new perspective, enlightening the listener beyond the revelation that either of these works of literature by themselves provides. Hence, the author believes that the reader of this article will walk away with a fresh realization of what to expect from truly modern science and science fiction literature.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond

Blog: The New View on Science and Science Fiction By D. Wayne Dworsky, Posted: May 10, 2013

Alpha Centauri & Beyond is about science and science fiction. Host, D. Wayne Dworsky and Co-Host, Melissa Macfie discuss issues that modern science faces as well as science fiction novel plots, themes and special effects in motion pictures. Each show features a separate theme. Guests on the show include science experts and science fiction writers. The show will air biweekly at 8 pm ET. Listeners are invited to call into the live show at 646-378-0539 to ask questions or make comments about the show's contents or theme. Each show will feature a different theme, starting with Mars. In addition to a fresh theme for each episode, we will discuss a pivital point. These pivital points illuminate a particular scientific breakthough and/or launch a dynamic, new way of factoring science into science fiction literature and science fiction movies. Plus, each pitoval point will try to extract how some important science fiction phenomenon influenced science.



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Melissa’s body of work is extensive and defines who she is.

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Now she puts her best foot forward as she enters into a brand new arena where she accepts the opportunity to express her true nature. She will reveal a side that has been put on hold in the shadows of raising a family. At last, she can express her creative impetus in ways she never imagined. She has come of age. And now, the one and only Melissa Macfie designs her public debut.
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Below are the blogs for the site.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: Manned Space Travels with Doctor Robert Zubrin. It airs Monday, September 16, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: August 20, 2013

Doctor Robert Zubrin earned his Ph.D in Nuclear Engineering in 1992 from the University of Washington. Having authored over 200 technical and non-technical papers and five books, he has developed several space propulsion systems and many innovations. In 1996 he wrote The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must.

Now he reveals the rationale to explore and colonize the solar system in On the Way to Star Flight from the anthology, Starship Century. The article expresses the perils and high-energy demands of interstellar flight. He argues how they could be overcome in his powerful article.

Join Doctor Zubrin, Melissa and me on Monday, September 16, 2013, 8 to 9 pm. ET for an exciting discussion of a rationale backlight on the necessary baggage of manned space flight.

Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: The Vast Universe: The Deeper Meaning of the Bigger Picture. It airs Monday, September 2, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: August 8, 2013

In Starship Century, To the End of the Universe by Doctor Martin Rees encompasses what Alpha Centauri & Beyond is really all about, incorporating science and science fiction into a neat puzzle. The authors in this work have done a fabulous job of bridging our understanding of science with our imagination in fiction.

Before Hubble no one had any idea of just how vast the universe really is. Not even the astronomers or theoretical physicists. We knew there were other galaxies. We could certainly see Andromeda Galaxy and we could even name a few others, but that was it. To think that there are as many galaxies out there as there are stars in the Milky Way was not just astounding, but bizarre.

My guest for this episode is Doctor Martin Rees. Share Rees’s creative enthusiasm and discover the secrets of the universe. This article expresses something particularly important. Melissa and I will unveil the secrets it holds, revealing Rees’ deepest secrets while discovering the insights of the universe.

Join Doctor Rees, Melissa and me Monday, Septermber 2, 2013 at 8 pm. ET for an intense discussion of The Vast Universe.



Blog: Ten Ways Life on Earth Could End. Airs Monday, August 19, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: August 6, 2013

What would happen if the Earth had to endure a catastrophe such as an asteroid strike or a gamma ray burst? How would that affect life here? Find out about the lurking dangers and what we could do about them. Discover the wake-up call that could have destroyed our blue marble. However, it made us aware of how vulnerable we are.

Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 impacted Jupiter on July, 1994. This comet was previously designated D/1993 F2 and was anticipated to come close to Jupiter. The comet consequently broke apart before it struck Jupiter. No one, including its discoverer, could have imagined how intense and dynamic the impact would have been.

Join Melissa and me Monday, August 19, 2013 at 8 pm. ET for an intense discussion of Ten Ways Life on Earth Could End.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: NASA -- Past and Future. Airs Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8 pm. ET.
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: August 2, 2013

Imagine a world without NASA, when going to the moon was just a dream. We’d be sitting in the duldrums of the 1950’s with little more than some old Rock ‘n Roll tunes and the memory of a terrible war. It depicted a time devoid of the rich content of our modern day steeped with communication. NASA paved the way for that rich content, curtesy of satilite technology and the many products that resulted from NASA research.

The Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon, July 20, 1969 changed the way we think of space with the famous Neil Armstrong quote: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” It was a pivotal event because it changed the course of science and science fiction movie plots from those dull alien worlds and alien characters to truly alien words and characters rich with depth. And it paved the way for satilite technology.

Join Melissa and me Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8 pm. ET for an intense discussion of NASA -- Past and Future.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: It’s Official—We’re Going Live!
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: July 1, 2013

As of Today, July 1, 2013, Alpha Centauri & Beyond is announcing that the show will go live on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 8 pm, ET. Listeners are invited to call in during the live show to ask the host or co-host a question or make a statement related to the show theme, by calling: 646-378-0539 during show time.

The premiere show is entitled, “Going to Mars.” The host, D. Wayne Dworsky and co-host, Melissa Macfie will be discussing the science of Mars, the science fiction literature and science fiction movies. In addition, we will be making reference to a pivotal event. The theme hopes to marry the efforts of science & technology with the creative writings of science fiction, highlighted by science fiction cinema. We hope to see you there.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: The Winding Road of Questions that Lead to a Show
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: June 26, 2013

On the way to producing a radio program, a host must make a number of correct decisions in order to realize a show’s success. There’s nothing like trying to second guess what the public wants to hear. But one thing rings clearly. Mr. And Ms. Public want excitement couched in disagreement. Like the perennial tennis match, we see the ball driven back and forth until someone can’t make the shot any longer.

If we select a region of content that attempts to interpret the moves of the game, then we will have tapped into the content that makes drama. I think that science and technology represents an area of knowledge that is so exciting and intriguing that it simply cannot be overlooked. Coupled with this idea is the drama behind the science fiction side. Together, these two, bold arenas promise to yield the kind of fascination that we first experienced as children—everything is new.

By selecting the important scientific breakthroughs and incorporating those concepts with creative insight, we find intense intrigue. All we need to do is think about Einstein’s relativity theory or speculate about an Arthur C. Clarke sci-fi and compile an adventure that promises to reveal a deeply rooted secret of reality.

As individuals, we have the distinct responsibility to make sense of the observable world and the imagined world in a context that makes sense. It is for this reason, primarily, that we are driven to explore and seek answers to many burning questions. It is hoped that the production of the shows of Alpha Centauri & Beyond will satisfy that pursuit.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: The Importance of a Marriage
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: June 18, 2013

When a show is dedicated to science it evokes a deep regard for those who stand on the shoulders of giants. It also evokes a deep regard for those who have devoted themselves to scientific pursuits and further science development. Since the beginning of the scientific era (1600) many have risked their reputation—indeed their lives on beliefs that try to explain the meaning of the universe and man’s place in it. Consequently, a long list of men and women builds in the twentieth century leaving a legacy of gratitude for those who came before and dared to reach out and explain what it all means. It’s only been in the last ten years that a true picture of the cosmos has begun to emerge. At last, we can stand back from science theorists and begin to appreciate where we are going and why we need to go there.

On the other side of the coin, a high regard for the creative aspects of science application reins. Those shared by the visionaries who dared to speculate on the possibilities science affords. These efforts represent the stand taken by the sci-fi community to sell their message to the public. For example, Star Trek endeavors to show how humanoids can colonize the galaxy and engage in war and peace treaties to launch an ongoing attempt to interact with the cosmos. Still, others such as Alien and the Arthur C. Clark flick, 2001, A Space Odyssey lend themselves to our wonder and imagination.

I applaud those writers, both science scholars and science fiction writers whose fortitude persists. Those men and women who put forward their words so that the public begins to perceive both the scientific backbone and the creative impetus in sci-fi work show the most promise of the human spirit.

By placing these vantage points in an arena as opposites reveals a joint effort to comprehend the human condition. Thus, it becomes easy to see how science supports science fiction and how the creative aspects of science fiction generates and feeds the ideas necessary to stimulate growth in science.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond


Blog: What Is a Pivotal Event?
By D. Wayne Dworsky
Posted: May 22, 2013

Ordinarily, a pivotal event is simply an indication for a turning point. In literature, one might refer to a pivotal event in a story arc to indicate to the reader that a progressive moment is imminent that will change the course of the plot. Sometimes, a pivotal event might even trigger a change in character development that tends to change the scope of the story. We normally think of such an event as simply a way to turn a corner.

With regard to the nature of the radio broadcast, Alpha Centauri & Beyond, the pivotal event represents a signal that joins two distinct and vital forces with a common theme. This characteristic occurs because of the dual nature of the program. These occur within the framework of science fiction literature as a whole and scientific discovery incorporated with technological breakthroughs. Together, these moments converge to heighten the significance and drama of strategic points of reference in both science literature and science fiction literature as a composite. This dynamic duo enforces the importance of certain stages of development within the double context. The result of this composite strengthens the importance of this pivotal event as it relates to the topic under discussion.

This view puts the appreciation of merging science and science fiction into a new perspective, enlightening the listener beyond the revelation that either of these works of literature by themselves provides. Hence, the author believes that the reader of this article will walk away with a fresh realization of what to expect from truly modern science and science fiction literature.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond

Blog: The New View on Science and Science Fiction
By D. Wayne Dworsky,
Posted: May 10, 2013

Alpha Centauri & Beyond is about science and science fiction. Host, D. Wayne Dworsky and Co-Host, Melissa Macfie discuss issues that modern science faces as well as science fiction novel plots, themes and special effects in motion pictures. Each show features a separate theme. Guests on the show include science experts and science fiction writers. The show will air biweekly at 8 pm ET. Listeners are invited to call into the live show at 646-378-0539 to ask questions or make comments about the show's contents or theme.

Each show will feature a different theme, starting with Mars. In addition to a fresh theme for each episode, we will discuss a pivotal event. These pivotal events illuminate a particular scientific breakthough and/or launch a dynamic, new way of factoring science into science fiction literature and science fiction movies. Plus, each pitoval event will try to extract how some important science fiction phenomenon influenced science.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond

Blog: Supporting Science Literature
By D. Wayne Dworsky,
Posted April 10, 2013

This promo supports science literature, which includes the pod casts of Alpha Centauri & Beyond radio talk show. Together, my Co-host, Melissa Macfie, and myself hope to bring listeners up to date with all the news concerning the exploration of Mars. This new segment of the show will highlight new activities in the NASA program, recent books in science and technology as well as the latest flicks that enjoy a wide audience. We hope that continued public interest in technological pursuits will inspire a sustained interest in scientific and technologic developments.

We are at a crossroads in space exploration. We can only imagine what went through the minds of those great explorers such as Columbus and Magellan as they gazed out at the vast unknown. And again, we stand at the threshold of a new frontier, bravely daring each other to take the first steps into that vast unknown. However, unlike our predecessors, we have a significant technological advantage since we have powerful devices that can probe the darkness and provide us with huge amounts of information and guide us to a more predictable outcome.


Alpha Centauri & Beyond

Blog: Spin-off of original Alpha Centauri & Beyond
By D. Wayne Dworsky,
Posted April 5, 2013

Going to Mars will kick off this new show, which is a spin-off of the original Alpha Centauri & Beyond radio talk show. The new broadcast will feature Host, D. Wayne Dworsky and Co-Host, Melissa MacFie. The show will air biweekly Mondays at 8 pm ET. Listeners are invited to call into the live show at: 646-378-0539. Watch for opening dates of the show episodes. (TBA)


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