The closer your speculative future to today is, the shorter the science fiction story has to be. Why is that? Most science fiction authors are all too well aware how they can develop a world, only to find an announcement in some science journal or news channels that means they got aspects of world technology […]Read more "Near Future Science Fiction"
Sometimes when you get a lot of facts thrown at you, it is difficult to make sense of them all at the same time. That’s when a diagram comes in handy – you just sit down and add a bit at a time. This is exactly what I did in trying to make out the structure […]Read more "Facts, Damned Facts, and Diagrams"
Over the past years I have generated the occasional article that would be a help to science fiction wanting to use the relevant technology. It started with one about artificial gravity. And that only came about because I was critiquing someone else’s drafts and what he had written instinctively felt wrong. So I sat down, […]Read more "Maybe, or, Maybe Not"
This has indeed been a strange year in many ways. Even the weather has conspired to make this an unusual year in the UK… Of course you can always rely on double rainbows appearing somewhere in the Uk like those below near Bath… But we also had the delight of a rare fog bow in […]Read more "2016 – Bows and all"
Oops! I seem to have done it again. Yes, I got another Honourable Mention from the Writers of the Future contest. This time it was for chapter 5 of my C.A.T. novel, entitled, Hope Mosaic. It just happens to be the middle chapter wit a whole load of loose ends to tie up in the remaining […]Read more "‘Oops – again’ and other SFnal news"
BristolCon seems to go from strength to strength as each year passes by… and this was no exception to that pattern. This year it seemed better organised and more roomy, which I attribute to things being moved round a little bit so that the flow of people through the ‘foyer’ became easier. Good on the […]Read more "BristolCon 2016"
I was absolutely delighted to see that Newcastle and Gateshead have been awarded the Great Northern Exhibition for 2018. Not only will they receive £5million for the exhibitions themselves, but also £15million pounds towards legacy projects. Some of these will no doubt go to the upkeep of some special museums they have up there, which […]Read more "Great Northern Exhibition 2018"