Tag Archives: technology

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 — The Past

The future is already here in many ways, bringing us ethical challenges that make for fantastic stories and gripping conflicts, both now and in the distant future. Some of those issues have been explored in blockbusters such as Jurassic Park, which speculates about a present in which science has outstripped present progress. Bringing back the […]

In the Future: The Big Sleep

One of the big barriers to space travel for humans is…well, being human. That’s a common theme in movies about interstellar travel. We get bored. We stab each other in the back. We go crazy. But no matter how we get out there, the trip is going to be a long one—and the moment it’s […]

Is science innovation driven by science fiction?

Arizona State University recently opened its new Center for Science and the Imagination to bring together scientists and science fiction authors. From the NYTimes: Its first projects include a collaboration with the chip maker Intel, which has created a Tomorrow Project to generate “science-based” conversations about the future. The center will collaborate with (cyberpunk author […]

Warp drive on its way to a reality near you

In Stellarnet Rebel, I refer to physicists inventing “particle engines” to “shift” space. I had to come up with some easy way for my heroine Genny O’Riordan to move from Earth to Asteria Colony — located on a planet orbiting one of the suns of the Alpha Centauri system. In a brief and (supposedly) painless blink, […]

The future is now… again

Last year, I mentioned how challenging it is to be a science fiction writer in the 21st century, because every time you think you’ve invented something cool and futuristic, it already exists. Here are a few more things that don’t exist yet — but they are coming soon. Sooner than 2060, probably, the decade in […]

New cyberpunk thriller coming January 2

My debut novel STELLARNET REBEL will be released in just two weeks, and I’m hard at work on the sequel. My publisher is calling SR a “cyberpunk thriller,” but that’s entirely accidental. What I mean is, I didn’t sit down thinking “I’m going to write a cyberpunk thriller.” I sat down to write the kind […]

Do You Dream in Color?

The other day a really cool bit of sci-fi news caught my eye (yes, I like to read weird stuff, don’t you?) and made me think of the old question – Do you dream in color? This was a topic of discussion in psych class years ago – they claimed that most people dream in black & white, […]

Goodbye Space Shuttle, We Salute You

Atlantis? Early this morning, before dawn, the last space shuttle landed. After 135 flights, there will be no more. Now I am Canadian, and not American, but this image brings some pretty sad thoughts. The Space Shuttle program has been in operation for thirty years.Canadahas given a good bit of our technology and people to […]