Good Show, Sir, Good Show

We've spoken before on this site about book covers, where we listed a few of our favourite book covers. Today we shine the spotlight the other way, those covers that are so bad, so very bad, that they become works of art in their own right. We all know the ones, they are more prevalent... Continue Reading →

Deciding What To Write – Kindle Store

Following on from our post about Google Trends, today I'm going to run you through another tool that can be used to measure trends, Amazon's Kindle Store. Amazon's dominance of the internet sales market is just as pronounced, if not more so, in the independent publishing world as within the rest of retail. With their... Continue Reading →

Deciding What To Write – Google Trends

The niche trends in the publishing industry are notoriously difficult to predict, this is doubly true in our chosen genres of speculative fiction. While many authors and readers outside of the fandom are quite happy to paint the genre with a wide brush of "speculative fiction" we, as fans, are aware of a lot more... Continue Reading →

A List of Fun Writing Prompts

Many writers will tell you that the key to success is to write, write, write and write some more. But sometimes you need a break from the ten thousand word description of the hero's beautifully sculpted eyebrows in your latest space opera epic, and just want to write something fun. Enter the writing prompt. A... Continue Reading →

Superstructure of the Week: Alderson Disk

Named after Dan Alderson, a NASA scientist who had a love for science fiction, the Alderson Disk is probably the most ambitious megastructure ever conceived. This theoretical structure is shaped in the form of a compact disk - but blown up to nearly incomprehensible proportions. With billions of time the surface area of Earth, the... Continue Reading →

Superstructure of the Week: Ringworld

by Logan LePage Larry Niven’s Ringworld was published in 1970 and immediately became one of the standards for which to compare other superstructures to. In the story, a gargantuan ring is explored by the long lived Louis Wu, the lucky Teela Brown, the insane Nessus, and the ferocious Speaker-to-Animals. Being a million miles across, with... Continue Reading →

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