Tag Archives: SF

The Last Library


Finally coming to the end of this. Back in December 2016 I expected it to max out at about 6k words; it’s now over 20k. Phew. It concerns a wannabe librarian, fallen angels, civilisation forced to live by the rules … Continue reading

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Making sense of your writing


Starting out You can never be sure that your writing is up to the mark. Early on I experimented with plot structure — you know the sort of thing, parallel threads, multiple points of view, written on different levels… all in … Continue reading

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Soft-Apocalypse SF – Novelette


A major strand of SF treated the future in an upbeat way. Advances in technology solved problems. Robert Heinlein (who I greatly admired) was an exponent of it. The flip side to this was a future portrayed with a certain … Continue reading

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The Shape of the Future


Not every vision of the future is rose-tinted fantasy, some part of it has to be anchored in reality. Its shape is based on how things are here and now. On the Wyndham-Ballard scale, the outlook is dire, verging on ominous. Civilisation increasingly depends on interlocked technologies and … Continue reading

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What’s Happening to Publishing? All I can see is E-Pulp


Last month (March 2015) I passed a milestone* As a treat I decided to gee myself up by looking at what some people earn in the industry. This led me to Author Earnings. While looking around, I was reminded that … Continue reading

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Interstellar Gourmet – book cover image


My story The P’Nong is a Science Fiction tale about Interstellar Gourmet: Lory Gato Here’s my book cover image – POD. It’s also something for Watt Pad to hook onto. Variation 2

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Could Extraterrestrial Life Pose a Threat to Earth?


The other day on Quora, I came across this question: “Would extraterrestiral life pose a threat to earth?” Being an avid SF reader, this is an issue I’ve worked through countless times over the years. I’ve even gone so far as to incorporate this … 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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Isn’t quite what we’re looking for


Your story isn’t quite what we’re looking for right now. Seen that before? Perhaps, if you’re a writer trying to sell your stuff. It’s an ever present reminder that the editor / publisher takes a gamble each time a new … Continue reading

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