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 to …

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 times …

How Conspiracy Theories Work

I must admit I find conspiracy theories fascinating. They are usually good examples of a lot of psychological aspects that I'm interested in, like obsession, selective reasoning, paranoia, determination to reveal the "truth" which always carries either a savior component, or megalomania. Not to mention they cover the entire cognitive dissonance spectrum. *oh goodie* While …