Why super-powers should be all or nothing in sci-fi

I have never completely understood the latest sci-fi fixation with ‘super powers’, where the main protagonist is just some ordinary person who just happens to be able to go invisible, or read minds, or teleport (but not all three). Inevitably this singular ability then becomes the ‘gimmick’ on which plots are hung. To which I… More Why super-powers should be all or nothing in sci-fi

Six things you didn’t know about my novella ‘Missionary’

My novella ‘Missionary’ was released a few weeks back in paperback, following the Kindle-only advance release last year. It’s part of a seven-story anthology – Endless Worlds Vol. 1 – by Endless Worlds Publications, a Brisbane-based publisher. My novella is about ordinary people finding the strength in themselves to do extraordinary things. On a spaceship.… More Six things you didn’t know about my novella ‘Missionary’

The silliness of Star Wars’ single-climate planets

Single climate worlds are all through the Star Wars universe – worlds that, inexplicably, have a single ecosystem – ice, desert or forest, usually. Yet they’re all habitable by humans. I can see where the idea comes from. Here on Earth we often travel from one climate to another. Islands, particularly, often have a single… More The silliness of Star Wars’ single-climate planets

I figure that Larry Niven’s aliens weren’t alien enough

As a teenager I remember being wowed by Larry Niven’s ‘known space’ stories, including his Ringworld novels. Looking back, though, I’m not so sure about his aliens. He had two main ones – the Puppeteers and the Kzin. At the time they were pretty cool. Up until the mid-1960s, most (good) aliens basically looked human,… More I figure that Larry Niven’s aliens weren’t alien enough