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.
The world’s had what looked like two alien ‘false alarms’ in the last few months. One was a supposed ‘alien megastructure’ picked up in Kepler telescope occultation data from the F3 V/IV class star KIC 8462852. The nature of the light curve was weird and, although the original science paper referred to possible comets, others thought it fitted … More Alien false alarms. Again.
The ‘star drive’ in my hard SF story ‘Missionary‘ was always a side issue – a small wave of the hand, as it were, to enable a people-oriented plot (you DO want to check it out…). But I thought I’d post, today, on broadly how such a drive might work. The problem with interstellar travel … More How I invented a star drive without annoying Einstein too much
I wanted my sci-fi novella ‘Missionary‘ to be not just a story about people finding strength in themselves – I also wanted it to be a homage to the golden age of sci-fi. The stuff Heinlein and Clarke wrote, particularly. Ever read Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama? It’s a story about people – set against a … More My starship design – going all-out geek in the name of science (fiction)
Elvis dropped in the other day to interview me about my novella ‘Missionary’. He’s living on Mars, disguised as a walrus. I’m sure he’s not the real Elvis, and he’s on Mars to hide from other Elvis impersonators. But he talks sense. Elvis: This novella of yours, ‘Missionary’… Me: Glad you mentioned it. Here’s what a reviewer said of … More An interview with Elvis about ‘Missionary’
I set my novella ‘Missionary‘ in a future where ordinary people had to find the strength to do extraordinary things. I also wanted it to be interstellar. Making that meet my other intention to set it in a super-hard science setting, insofar as fiction allows, was a challenge. I solved it by imagining a techno-magical ‘star drive’ that produced instantaneous jumps … More Why the ideal interplanetary ship still needs people
My science-fiction novella ‘Missionary‘ is OUT as part of a compilation, Endless Worlds, Vol 1, by Australian publisher Endless Worlds Publications. This initial e-book issue will be followed, in February, by the full release – with all-new cover. That means you get to read it now – and enjoy it later too. Like all good stories it … More It’s time to pick a tagline for my story – I need your help
It’s funny where the twists and turns of writing have taken me. I was originally trained in fiction writing. I switched to non-fiction in part because that’s the larger market in New Zealand and I’m qualified in the fields I write in. And that worked pretty well for a while. But fiction’s always been there. … More ‘Missionary’. A Black Friday launch on Kindle!
My sci-fi novella ‘Missionary’ is about to be released by Endless Worlds publications, part of an anthology of seven sci-fi, fantasy and horror stories. Here’s a picture the publisher commissioned of the lead character from my story, Cam Suttler. I think it’s an awesome realisation that completely captures who I had in mind – someone who’s seen better … More Introducing Cam Suttler
There was speculation the other week to the effect that smart people live longer – the genes for ‘smart’ and the genes for ‘long life’ apparently being the same. Once upon a time this would have merely meant that geeks got to spend longer being picked on by bullies. But, of course, one of the big … More So it seems smart people live longer. What does that mean?