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
I saw a documentary the other day about Project Orion – which to me underscored just how much times have changed since the 1960s. Owing to a severe attack of geekiness, I already knew quite a bit about the idea, but this added interviews with project scientists such as Freeman Dyson. What was it? On… More Surfing the nuclear blast wave – with science!
Last year my sci-fi novella ‘Missionary’ was published in Endless Worlds Vol 1, part of an anthology of seven sci-fi, fantasy and horror stories. That was an initial release pending the issue of the full publication. And that’s out now – paperback, e-book and a very cool new cover. The thing about anthologies is that… More Why sci-fi anthologies are a Good Thing…
Last year my sci-fi novella ‘Missionary’ was published in Endless Worlds Vol 1, part of an anthology of seven sci-fi, fantasy and horror stories. That Kindle-only issue was a pre-release ahead of the full publication, and it fielded some great reviews: “Endless possibilities. Dark natures and some dark solutions. Endless worlds gripped me from the… More Hot news about the full release of ‘Endless Worlds’
I like Trek ‘the original series’ way better than Star Wars ‘Part IV’ because Trek gave us Spock. That’s it, really. But let me explain some more. When Lucas developed Star Wars (by which I mean the original 1977 movie) he deliberately wrote a story that spoke to our deepest senses of mythic self –for… More I like Trek ‘the original series’ way better than Star Wars ‘Part IV’ because…
Ten years ago I wrote a sci-fi ‘alternate Kiwi history’ collection for Penguin – a what-if satire, filled with wild science, llamas, rogue Spanish explorers and the chilling scenario of a Japanese invasion of New Zealand via the ‘back passage’. Not to be taken seriously, unless you want a laugh. It’s been out of print… More It’s coming! You can’t avoid it!
Every so often I see an advertisement on TV for some product or other – usually toothpaste – that’s being demoed in a ‘science lab’. All these labs are the same: sparsely furnished, clean, white, sparkling benches; brilliant lighting; lots of Perspex; bits of immaculate lab gear and high-tech flat-screens with glamorous white-coated supplicants wandering… More What a real science lab actually looks like