Browsing All posts tagged under »science fiction«

How to Write a Query Letter: Again, and Again, and Again

May 22, 2014 by


I’m writing query letters again. Because it’s been pointed out to me that in order to sell this book I probably have to tell people about the book. Which is fair. This ought to be easy. I’ve already written a query letter template. Surely I just write a little personalisation sentence to tweak it for […]

Clarke’s Third Law

November 26, 2013 by



Shut Up and Let Me See Your Jazz Hands

November 8, 2013 by


This song is my second favourite from this album but the most appropriate to this playlist. I enthusiastically encourage you to go and listen to Sing, which is my favourite. And then, when you’re enticed and confused, go check out the rest of the album and its extras. Because this album is a tiny (awesome) post-apocalyptic science fiction […]

My NEXT Vacation

July 23, 2013 by


  P.S. Click through for more of Steve Thomas’ travel suggestions. They’re kinda awesome.  

Getting Your Readers to Take a Leap of Faith

June 5, 2013 by


I think that in every story the author gets one official suspension of disbelief. You can have one thing that is totally ridiculous that you’re asking everyone to ignore. Most science fiction and fantasy texts use it for the premise of the story. Aliens are real? Okay. Tiny blonde superhero can ignore the laws of […]

Starships Were Meant to Fly

May 3, 2013 by


We’re making a slight detour from the actual order of the playlist because this song has been stuck in my head all week and I needed to share that with you. Because I’m nice. Thoughtful. All those good things. And because someone made this fanvid for it that’s the bestest thing ever. If you’re a sci-fi […]

ISS Star Trails

December 20, 2012 by


Not the end of the world, just your everyday stars.  

Science Fiction Safety Protocols or Why Don’t People Seem to Realise Space Travel Actually INCREASES the Number of Ways You Can Die?

October 3, 2012 by


Me: I just realised I’ve given this ship an airlock that it shouldn’t have out of existential panic and now have to figure out how to write it out. Rick: Don’t they need airlocks? Me: Ships that are meant to dock with one another should have airlocks. This ship is docking with another, hence I […]

Vampire is Just a Way of Saying, “You Kinda Freak Me Out, Man”

October 2, 2012 by


Rick: Pirates? Me: Pirates. Vampires. Thieves. Smugglers. Whatever. Rick: I remember you telling me about vampires. Me: Same thing. Rick: How does that work? Vampires can’t be pirates. Pirates are uncouth, vampires are… well they are couth. Me: That’s a stereotype. You don’t think I’m writing about stereotypes, do you? Rick: I’m guessing the answer […]

Look a Three Headed Monkey!

August 21, 2012 by


Help! Am trapped in luxurious resort with terrible internet! I mean… no, seriously. There’s something very wrong here. One’s room should not come with a vacuum cleaner but without reliable internet. I have standards! I have… okay, well, I’m needy, all right? But you! You have real internet, right? Shiny, bright internet that let’s you […]