Despite all kinds of speculation – both serious and in sci-fi – the scientific fact about alien life is that we haven’t actually found any yet. So if anybody asks whether it exists, all that can be said scientifically is ‘nobody knows’. That said, it’s highly likely that it does. There’s still a chance that… More I’m convinced that the first aliens we find will be bacteria…
A documentary series I featured in has re-run on TV this past few weeks, with the result that I’ve ended up fielding cheerful comments from people I know only vaguely. ‘Saw you on TV.’ I didn’t even know it was repeating. I don’t watch TV these days. Will the exposure help sell my books? Probably… More The tricky challenge for writers – discovery by social media
There are over a million individual words in English. Most of them are quite obscure and deserve better attention than they get. This week I’m starting a new weekly series to highlight a few of the little-known, iconoclastic or just plain sillier ones. This week’s word is pleonasm. It means using more words than needed… More The obscure word of the week is pleonasm
Endless Worlds Publications are running a deal for their Endless Worlds 1 compilation – seven great stories including ‘Missionary’ by Yours Truly. For 36 hours from today – January 28 on this side of the date line – Endless Worlds 1 will be 99 cents, then $1.99, before reverting to the $2.99 list price on 4 February. “Endless… More A hot price deal on ‘Endless Worlds Vol. 1’
This week’s writing challenge revolves around a photo I took of a radio controlled P-47D ‘Razorback’. Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back… More This week’s short-story challenge
Of all the classics that we are ‘supposed’ to read, Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange – first published in 1962 – is high on the list. I saw the movie, years ago – as a Kubrick fan it was a natural. I am also a monolithic fan of Moog synthesisers – which Wendy Carlos used… More Why I didn’t read Anthony Burgess’ ‘A Clockwork Orange’
The ‘alien megastructure’ mystery around KIC 8462852 just deepened. That F3 V/IV class star, hotter than the Sun and some 1480 light years from Earth – made headlines in September when an unusual dimming pattern was put down to a possible alien megastructure. But no radio signals could be detected from the system and, after… More Aliens are out there, maybe around Tabby’s Star. Or not.