Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the British Interplanetary Society’s An Introduction to Rocket Science day at the Royal Institution’s Faraday Theatre (yes, the same as where the BBC’s Christmas Lectures are broadcast from). Below are the lectures with the blurb from the invite and a comment or two from me. Why can’t we simply […]Read more "Introduction to Rocket Science Day!"
With so much other news going on (you all know what I mean), it is easy to miss the shortlist announcement for the Arthur C Clarke award. The six on the shortlist are: A Close and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee After Atlas by Emma Newman Occupy Me by […]Read more "Arthur C Clarke Award Shortlist"
Someone was cheeky enough to call a general election in the UK yesterday. Which means that at least in this country most people’s attention will on persuading others and being persuaded which way to vote. Why? This is very much a crossroads election i.e. whichever way the vote goes, it will have a significant impact […]Read more "“I may be some while”"
The 2016 BSFA awards have been announced. They are: Best Novel Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Winter (Solaris) Best Short Fiction Jaine Fenn – Liberty Bird (Now We Are Ten, NewCon Press) Best Non-Fiction Geoff Ryman – 100 African Writers of SFF (Tor.com) Best Artwork Sarah Anne Langton – Cover for Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications) The interesting thing is […]Read more "BSFA Awards 2016"
Of course the highlight news is the astronomers have found a planet that has atmosphere. It’s GJ 1132b, which is 1.4-times the size of our planet and lies 39 light years away, and in the Vela constellation. As it has a surface temperature around 370C, it won’t be habitable. However, that does not rule out it […]Read more "DIscoveries, Engineering Progress and Science Fiction"
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"