How To Create An Alien Species In 3 Stages

It's Alien August over at SciFiIdeas.com — which means a whole month of extraterrestrial goodness invading their website, and dozens of science-fiction writers filing in their creature profiles to win the grand Alien August Competition. And — squee! — an autographed copy of my novel The Deep Link is part of their Prize Package! Isn't that awesome? Of course now is the perfect time to write a post …

5 Ways in which first contact with aliens might end in disaster

Nothing makes my neurons glitter more than first contact stories, or stories involving catastrophic relations between humans and aliens. I always wanted to write about a first contact gone wrong. That's why The Deep Link begins with a first contact disaster, but not because of some fundamental difference between humans and aliens. Because Taryn, my protagonist, is a reckless fanatic who just can't …

The Deep Link RELEASE DAY! + Excerpt and Signed Copy Giveaway

It's finally here: RELEASE DAY! The Deep Link is now available on Amazon! I've been looking forward to this day for so long, I'm almost at a loss what to say. Except, of course, YAAAY!!! Look, look: I made a book! 😀 Without sounding like an infatuated asshat, I'd love to thank a big bunch of extraordinary people, whose support …

Blowing Up The Kardashev Scale – The Black Hole Alternative

One of the most burning questions we are faced with when we marvel at the grandness of the universe and the diversity of life on Earth, is: Why the hell can't we find any aliens? I'm not talking about bacteria or frozen spores on some asteroid or moon, but intelligent species — interstellar civilizations we can recognize and communicate with. After all, …

Humanoid Aliens – How Much Likeness Is Plausible?

The idea that intelligent aliens are somehow similar to us in basic physical make-up has occupied both scientists and fiction writers immensely. And it's understandable why, after all, when we look at the sky, we're looking for kindred spirits, potential allies, a new mirror to gaze into and understand our place in the Universe. But will what we …