Tag Archives: Robert Heinlein

New Wave SF in Retrospect


Looking back is easy. All you need is wisdom after the event and a message (or agenda). I’d place the starting point for New Wave SF as the writer’s workshop set up by Judith Merril, Damon Knight and James Blish; … Continue reading

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Dryads gets to draft


Dryads, the last of my Nymph collection, has finally got to draft stage at 33,000 words. For those with a fictional frame of mind, Dryads is set in a place not dissimilar to medieval England – it has a Soke, … Continue reading

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My Top Ten SF Spaceships


My Top Ten SF Spaceships Let’s make this clear, no mention of SF is complete without Frank Herbert’s majestic Dune. Right that’s sorted. Let’s begin. 1) EE ‘Doc’ Smith: Skylark –

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Billion Year Spree – further thoughts


Just finished The Neried. About myths, legends and homelessness; set in Blackpool. My next piece is proper SF Core. Set in the core of the Milky Way, in the Galactic Bar. Explores the issues of lots of aliens living together … Continue reading

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Billion Year Spree – a retrospective


When I start a new piece my first consideration is theme. If it’s not SF, it’ll be short and I generally launch straight into it, knowing it’ll be out of the way in a day or two. SF poses additional … Continue reading

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Have Spreadsheet, Will Dabble


It was Robert Heinlein

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Picking out an SF Influence – Backwoods SF


Influences. We’ve all got them. Who looks at theirs? It’s not something I’ve spent a lot of time on but I suppose mine began with Space Westerns. Of course I didn’t call them that; not then. An aspect of Space … Continue reading

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The Exploration of Space


Rosetta mission: ‘Go’ is given for comet landing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30012854 What will it find? Depends how old the lump of rock (7P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko) is. The earlier the meteorite was formed, the more likely we are to expand our early knowledge of the … Continue reading

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Philip K Dick, again


This morning, I was certain that chrome on my PC had been infected by a virus; after a bit of digging, I realised that Google had done their usual: we’ve decided to change the interface and we’re sure you’ll like it but … Continue reading

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Philosophy in Science Fiction


Do you have anything to say? I was always struck by the pithy aphorisms that littered the works of writers such as Zelazny and Heinlein. In a few words they could show what made the protagonist tick, or even the … Continue reading

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