Sci vs. Fi? by Thomas Waite

The most fascinating aspect of writing Trident Code and Lethal Code, my first two books in the Lana Elkins cyber-thriller series, was examining the potential convergence of computer science with other “traditional” terrorist threats, as well as the harrowing impact cyberwar and cyber-sabotage could have on deep environmental vulnerabilities caused by climate change.  The latter,...

The Not-Really Sci-Fi Fan by J.W. Allen

There used to be a thing known as the ‘nerd’.  Going to a predominantly Irish Roman Catholic school as a kid meant that playtime was even tougher for me.  I wasn’t Irish and I wasn’t Roman Catholic.  I was also ginger. Any difference whatsoever was seized upon ravenously by the cool kids who so desperately...

The Fermi Paradox… Where are they? by Ralph Kern

When we look up into the night sky, we can see hundreds of stars with our naked eye. Use any reasonably priced telescope and you see thousands. Even that is a tiny portion of our galaxy. By those simple measures we realize space is BIG. But when we look further and deeper using the technology...

Expanding the Authorial Palate: A Study in Red by Rob Queen

Boston is home to the Red Sox, the New England Patriots, more universities than you could possibly visit in one St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and lobster (or, as they call it there, “lobstah”). In fact, I regularly tell my international acquaintances that if they go to Boston, they have to try the lobster. Why? Because,...

Nine Dragons I Have Known by Alyc Helms

Whenever I see talk about the ubiquity of dragons in fantasy, I’m tempted to scoff. As far as I’m concerned, there aren’t enough dragons in fantasy, and there never have been. Forget vampires, my pubescent crack-of-choice was always dragons (thanks, McCaffrey), and yet books with sympathetic dragons or dragons-as-characters were hard for me to find....

WRITING FROM A SCRIPT by Seaton Kay-Smith

I used to write for a daily television show, which meant that work was seasonal. Because the Roast was only on for eight months of the year, I only worked for eight months of the year. The remaining four months, while it may sound like free time, could more accurately be described as unemployment. When I returned...