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Queen of Outer Space (1958)

I actually remember seeing this film when I was quite young. These astronauts go to Venus and of course it’s all women there – not that imaginative really. It awoke something in me though –

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sciencefriday:

Science fiction authors discuss the lessons you can learn from writing about dystopias.

Science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy—whatever the genre, authors of these books are in the business of creating great stories in other worlds that aren’t like our own.

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This is all I got written today:

Jennifer was afraid of that.
She hated just chatting.  She
never knew what to chat about.  She
already knew what the weather was like, and she didn’t know Sayuri’s family
well enough to ask about them.  

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Life Cycle of Sci-Fi

One of the problems when writing a science fiction story is that real science and technology leapfrogs your imagination, which of course is generally a good thing (only very rarely do things turn out to be as world end-y as we thought).  Think of communicators in Star Trek TOS, or the talking computers. 

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Ridley Scott: Humans Could Never Survive an Encounter With Extraterrestrials

Here’s the article.  Nothing new really; since HG Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds’ over a hundred years ago we’ve imagined aliens destroying us, based on the idea that whenever an advanced civilization comes into contact with a less advanced one,

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Asterion: Thale & Glauce

Another extract.  Yay!  And if you’re joining for the first time, this is from the novel I am writing now, which is a sequel to The Little Queen.  It’s a smart sci-fi adventure with some humour and fun, mostly female, characters.  But this time, we’re meeting the main ‘baddies’ I suppose. 

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Asterion – Another Introduction

Constantly rewriting introductions.  I didn’t really like having an Introduction to The Little Queen.  I was advised to tack one on as it was suggested to be a good idea to be upfront about what the story was about (and I admit I had my own concerns about people knowing what they were getting into,

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I’m trying to help you, you daft fancy tree-rat!

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Asterion – Chapter One

Well, the US may not be ready for it’s first woman president, but we are all ready for the best team of all (well, mostly) female nerds who fight science-y crimes and have adventures since… well, since the last one of these.  Here they are still cleaning up a bit after the first novel (which you should definitely get because it’s good).

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The Little Queen and Springheel are now available from lulu.com, in case you prefer ebooks in PDF format.

I’ll release the other novellas on there too over the next week or so.

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