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When Science Makes Fiction Obsolete

It used to be that you could write a novel and put it in a drawer for six to twelve months. In fact, that used to be recommended. Lately, you can’t stop for long at all before your science fiction just becomes the present. NASA has just validated the principles behind an “impossible” space drive, […]

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Junk Head 1: Into the dystopian rabbit hole

Takahide Hori spent four years making the stop-action 30-minute movie Junk Head 1 in his spare time. In his futuristic take on Alice in Wonderland, we follow an unnamed protagonist down, down, down, into the bowels of a futuristic hellscape of nightmares and dark humor where Earth has become a dytopian industrial labyrinth inhabited by […]

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly launched

Out today… Run and read it now! 😀 (I especially love the flip version)

An Excerpt from Agamemnon Frost and the Hollow Ships

Book 2 of the Agamemnon Frost serial, Agamemnon Frost and the Hollow Ships released this week! 🙂 Book two of Agamemnon Frost Edgar Mason is ready to embark upon his new life at Agamemnon Frost’s side. But all is not perfect. His Martian overlord, Pandarus, has implanted a dark voice in his mind, a voice […]

Hyperloop: Simply Science Fiction

Who wants to be shot through a tube at 760 mph? This week, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk (of Tesla and PayPal fame) unvieled his concept for futuristic transport: the Hyperloop. The Hyperloop will take you from San Francisco to LA in 30 mins. You’ll travel through a tube on a cushion of air. It’s faster […]

In the Future: Machines

A whole swath of science fiction is dedicated to the future of machines and their relationship with human beings,. Even machines without their own innate intellect have a special relationship with us both now and in the future. In the cinemas right now, Pacific Rim is making its mark with huge machines—interfaced with humans—saving the […]

Sci-fi to Science Reality

I was going to write a post today about how scientists are working with ultrasonics to produce levitation on both a large level (moving platforms) and on a tiny, near molecular level in medicinal studies, and how this is similar to the ay my stories have used ultrasonics for ship propulsion and showers, among other […]

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Why would aliens menace Earth?

To serve man. Resistance is futile. Mars needs women. If habitable planets and resources are abundant in the Milky Way, then why would aliens attack us? Last month, NBC News Science Editor Alan Boyle wrote this article featuring SETI Institute senior astronomer Seth Shostak, who points out that any aliens who could make it to Earth […]

Announcement!

Hello friends, I am returning from hiatus with an announcement! I have absolutely delicious news. Some of you know I am in deadline hell and haven’t been online for some time. And some of you know that in my other life I am a professional editor. Well I’ve been given an awesome opportunity here at […]

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We live in the world we imagined

The Buzzfeed article “27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012” illustrates a point I’ve argued on this blog before: “The future is here.” This is one of the challenges of writing science fiction in the 21st century. When German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler wrote Somnium in the 1600s, he offered a detailed […]