Tag Archives: Sci-fi

Cover Reveal: THE VOID by Timothy S. Johnston

The Void by Timothy S. Johnston (Carina Press, 30 March 2015)   A Tanner Sequence Novel   Transporting a serial killer might seem like a simple job for Homicide Investigator Kyle Tanner.  But when his ship breaks down in interstellar space and another murderer starts carving a path through the people around him, Tanner realizes that […]

Writer Timothy S. Johnston Reviews LIVE DIE REPEAT: EDGE OF TOMORROW

Writer Timothy S. Johnston takes a trip back in time to review EDGE OF TOMORROW, on Video and Digital UltraViolet this week Title:    LIVE DIE REPEAT:   EDGE OF TOMORROW Runtime:    113 min Theatrical Release:   6 June 2014 Domestic Gross:  $100 million International Gross:  $264 million DVD/BLU/Digital Release: 7 October 2014 MPAA:   PG-13 Aspect Ratio:   1.77:1 Cast:    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton […]

It’s Murder … in Space. THE FREEZER by Timothy S. Johnston

Why Set a Murder Mystery on Europa?  or … What Really is the Most Dangerous Life-Form in the Solar System? In The Furnace, my claustrophobic murder mystery that took place at a power-generating station in close orbit around the sun, I forced protagonist Kyle Tanner into a brutal situation, basically a descent into hell. Trapped […]

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, […]

Future Ethics 2 — Changing Minds

The future is now. And the ethical implications are…uncertain. We’re on the verge of literally being able to change people’s minds in the here and now. There are new medications—or new uses for medications—that will allow people to change how memory and trauma affect them. Anti-depressants already alter the chemistry of our brains for better […]

It’s all a bit silly… and that’s OK

Every single person reading this has a ridiculous skeleton somewhere in their closet. Whether it’s a complete collection of Batman Forever trading cards lovingly stored in plastic sleeves, an 8th-grade notebook of sincere but awful poetry that should be burned, or files of fanfic about you and Data. And Jayne Cobb. And Batman. At the […]

Sci-Fi and the Sense of Wonder

It’s a vast, empty desert vista. A binary sunset bleeds twilight colours onto a lonely moisture farm. Enter young Luke Skywalker, on the threshhold of adulthood, unfulfilled, yearning for a life of adventure in the stars. He knows he’s destined to be out there, but duty’s holding him back. Most of his friends have gone. […]

Saying Goodbye

A.C. Crispin passed away last month. I never met her, but I cried anyway. I won’t say that reading her books made me feel like I knew her or that her work at Author Beware saved my career…but I can say that reading her books changed the way I think about science fiction, about reading, […]

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 […]

The Year to Come: J.L. Hilton

In many ways, 2012 dazzled me. My debut novel Stellarnet Rebel released in January and the sequel Stellarnet Prince followed in November. I attended my first science fiction convention, Illogicon, and went on to participate in StellarCon, ConCarolinas, ConTemporal, Escapist Expo, NC Spec Fiction Night and the Geek Gala. As “author J.L. Hilton” I sponsored […]