Adventure, novelty, depth and various other YARDSTICKS

I initially wanted to write about Young Adult Science-Fiction and why it matters (hint: anything that gets youngsters to read matters), but while I admire those who write awesome YA SF (amongst them is also one of my favorite writers, Andrew Smith and his amazing novels The Marbury Lens and Grasshopper Jungle. *waves awkwardly* "Hi Andrew!"), I'm not the ideal person …

For the love of SPACE OPERA

Space opera is my favorite science-fiction subgenre. Heck, it's my favorite genre altogether. It's got everything in it that I could possibly want, from technological innovations (just like hard sci-fi but without all the science-talk), to action and romance, incredible stakes and mesmerizing worlds. And very often really cool aliens. But T.D. Wilson says it best: …

Guest Post: 4 Tips on Using Theme in Science-Fiction

For the occasional guest-post that blinks up on my blog like a distant supernova, today I'll introduce you to our fellow writer Michael Cairns. As part of his book-launch blog tour, Michael is cruising the interwebs talking about all things writing, sci-fi/fantasy and the indie experience. His is simple and sound advice that doesn't limit itself …

Utopia and Dystopia – The Many Faces of The Future

These two extremes of speculative fiction have always provided a stark contrast to modern reality, and have fascinated through their often "visionary" aspects. Anyone interested in science-fiction or modern fantasy has stumbled upon stories that paint the future in a decided color. Such stories always awaken a powerful curiosity in us, and we often close …