I have been struggling with writing that all important first draft of a chapter in my C.A.T. novel. I ended up editing and re-editing it numerous times. Compared to the previous 6 chapters it was a darned brain-acher of a struggle to get into shape. And I found myself asking, ‘Why was this chapter a […]Read more "Writing Real Science Fiction!"
The hunt for the 9th planet in our Solar System is asking for the citizen scientist’s help. The project will be launched by Prof Brian Cox as part of BBC Two’s Stargazing Live which begins on 28 March. Why not join in? See here for more details. It is currently thought to be gaseous, much like our planets […]Read more "Let’s Hunt – 9th Planet, Lunar Tunnels and Strange Galaxies"
Buried in my last post was a list of British Science Fiction magazines, which I thought I would bring to the fore. I’ll keep this post for about a year before deleting it – things move on and old posts like this could end up being misleading. Interzone – see here – the acknowledged premier British science fiction […]Read more "British Science Fiction Magazines"
Robert Sawyer recently wrote: “Truth is, there’s very little ambitious science fiction left; most of what little is still published is fungible military SF or space opera, with no intellectual or emotional heft. The genre that was once rich with speculation and social comment has shrunk to a tiny puddle of escapism.” He’s right. Where […]Read more "Why the lack of ZING in British SF?"
Technology understanding and development continues to throw surprises. Some of them come from obscure effects. Others come from improvements in mechanisms once thought inferior to other technologies. It’s these kind of odd obscure things that can be the basis of a good science fiction story. A couple of such interesting techie things have come to […]Read more "Techno Science Fiction Possibilities"
I wrote my first serious science fiction piece in 1993 about an artificial island on the Dogger Bank. Now it is being turned into reality by Danish, Dutch and German firms. Where are the British in this consortium? They are needed more than ever. The Science Fiction: Here is the piece, severely edited since 1993 […]Read more "Dogger Bank Science Fiction"
Discoveries, discoveries, discoveries… there’s been a lot of them recently. The most exciting has been the seven planets discovered around the brown dwarf, Trappist-1. Below is an artist’s impression of what the planet might look like in reality, thanks to NASA. Once you look at the orbital periods of the seven planets, you soon realise […]Read more "Discoveries and Science Fiction"