Aliens are out there, maybe around Tabby’s Star. Or not.

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.

How I invented a star drive without annoying Einstein too much

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

My starship design – going all-out geek in the name of science (fiction)

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)

An interview with Elvis about ‘Missionary’

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’

Why the ideal interplanetary ship still needs people

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

It’s time to pick a tagline for my story – I need your help

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

‘Missionary’. A Black Friday launch on Kindle!

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!

Introducing Cam Suttler

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

So it seems smart people live longer. What does that mean?

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?