The Flipside of FTL Travel

Faster-than-light travel makes the science-fiction world go round. Especially space opera, with its galaxy wide empires, space wars and alien civilizations. FTL travel has many faces, though, depending on the technology of its world (and the writer’s creativity), and with those many faces come many perils. It has undoubtedly more advantages than disadvantages in fiction,Continue reading “The Flipside of FTL Travel”

The ERROR Terror

Most normal people are afraid of spiders, heights, or clowns, or really creepy shit like this, but writers—we’re most afraid of making mistakes. Or rather, getting caught making mistakes in our books. Especially writers of genres that require heavy research and specialized knowledge, such as crime, historical and science-fiction. As if there aren’t already enough things toContinue reading “The ERROR Terror”

DISTANCE measurements in science-fiction

Space is a big-ass place. It’s so damn big, in fact, that any relatively decent distance surpasses the capacities of our usual Earthling measurement units. So to avoid saying 588 x 10^8 miles or 9’460’730’472’580’800 meters, we just say 1 ly. Pretty cool, ha. There are three units of measurement that are predominately used in astronomy,Continue reading “DISTANCE measurements in science-fiction”

The COLONIZATION of space

There are basically three ways in which humans will colonize space: on Earth-like planets, on terraformed celestial bodies, or in in artificial habitats. Or, you know, in a crazy wanton combination of these. Whatever tickles your pen. We’re eons away from such technological feats, but for fictional purposes, we’ve already colonized our galaxy hundreds of timesContinue reading “The COLONIZATION of space”

BREVITY in science-fiction and its hopeless fight for survival in a world of unnecessary, gratuitous info dumps and complacent narrative depictions

Science-fiction is a genre prone to overindulgent information sharing. Sci-fi writers spend a helluva lot on worldbuilding, fact checking, researching, background building and speculating. So much information is hoarded around a story that our brains will inadvertently try and smuggle some of it past us and into our drafts. Preferably a lot of it. IdeallyContinue reading “BREVITY in science-fiction and its hopeless fight for survival in a world of unnecessary, gratuitous info dumps and complacent narrative depictions”