As I hope you know, I’m in the process of writing my C.A.T. novel. There is an interesting story why I ended up writing this novel the way I did, which I hope will act as a useful tip to other budding novelists. I was writing a straightforward space adventure novel. Nothing out of the […]Read more "Writing a Science Fiction Novel"
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"
This arrived earlier this week…. This is for chapter 5 of my C.A.T. novel – yes I know, a chapter is not a short story – which makes this award all the more worthy. C.A.T. novel progress is shown below: As you see, I’m over two-thirds of the way through. Yay! It’s well-known that between […]Read more "C.A.T. and cryo-volcanism!"
While I was at a one day symposium at the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) last week, one speaker suggested a grouping on innovations in technology as follows: Acute Impact Technology (immediate impact on society in the near term) Chronic Impact Technology (steady impact on society in the medium term) Extensual Technology (extend society and probably […]Read more "A Class of Techno in 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"
A government commissioned review has just backed the building of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon scheme for generating electricity. It’s likely to cost £1.3 billion and still has a couple of hurdles to get through i.e. get marine license approval and the need to agree a deal with the builder. See here for more details. […]Read more "Science Fiction of the Future"
Well, so that was 2016… a year of horror in the real world (one way or another) and a personally difficult year for me (though I have had a couple of years that were far worse). So, unless something super nasty happens in 2017 happens, then it can only get better for me. As for […]Read more "Looking forward to 2017 science fiction?"