Growing crops in space #2

In truth, this post should read ‘Growing crops in artificial environments’, because it applies equally to crops grown in a hypothetical space station as it does to crops grown on the Moon, or Mars or any fictional celestial body. I’ll start off with a few open doors: – All crops…

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Growing crops in space

You are writing space-based Science Fiction, and have decided your world is going to have a self-sufficient space station, base or space ship. A lot of Science Fiction books have this assumption in common. Any human colony, whether on a moving vessel, space station or on the surface of a…

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Charlotte’s Army – novella

Charlotte’s Army is book Novella in the ISF-Allion series An army of 7000 artificial soldiers accidentally received the same brain implant: they are all in love with the same woman. A space fleet with seven thousand artificial human marines hurtles through space at near-light-speed to an interstellar war… Doctor Charlotte…

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The ‘danger’ of writing in first person

When talking about point of view (POV) and writing in first person, inevitably someone will bring up that it’s OK, as long as ‘it’s done well’ and that ‘it’s not for beginning writers’. Invariably also people can’t quantify what is meant by these statements and the sentiment against writing in…

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Terraforming Mars or Venus?

In an earlier post, I described the difficulty a small planet, like Mars, faces when people are trying to terraform it: the planet simply doesn’t have enough gravity to hang onto the gases we need to survive. Some people suggested that maybe instead of Mars, we might look at Venus,…

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How is the size of a planet related to its atmosphere

People have asked me to write something about terraforming Mars, a subject that is of great interest to Science Fiction buffs. I think Kim Stanley Robinson in his Mars series does a pretty good summary of all the currently-held scientific opinions on techniques of how we could achieve this. Yes,…

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Watcher’s Web

Watcher's Web by Patty Jansen

Watcher’s Web is book 1 in the Return of the Aghyrians series She is lost on an alien planet. He said he’d help her get home. He lied. Jessica’s plane develops engine trouble over the dry Australian inland—and crashes in thick, unfamiliar rainforest. A group she thinks is a search…

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Out of Here – short story anthology

Out of Here is a collection of short stories This collection contains fantasy and Science Fiction short stories that have all been published previously in venues like the Edge of Propinquity, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Byzarium, M-Brane SF, Realms, and many others. Table of Contents: Highway – Infinitas Newsletter Bigger…

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The Far Horizon Middle Grade SF

The Far Horizon is book in the Ambassador world series Of all the things ten-year-old Cory Wilson expects to do when he moves to Midway Space Station, saving aliens from humans isn’t one. An important conference is about to start at the station, not usually the sort of thing kids…

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