Science in Science Fiction: seasons

Here is another article in my science in science fiction series. The concept of a year divided into four equal parts–spring, summer, autumn and winter–is a northern European one, and the images that go with these seasons are even more so. The northern European seasons are determined by the position…

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Jupiter’s moon Io: some facts

His Name In Lights is set on Jupiter’s moon Io, which has captured my interest for some time. I have at least one other Io story in the making. Expect an announcement about A Perfect Day Off The Farm fairly soon. In that story, I explain the concept of stick…

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Science in science fiction: the Beniz-Yaza solar system

Another example of how science in science fiction can add extra colour to a novel. This post features a real astronomer. The fictional Beniz-Yaza solar system plays an important role in my space opera world that is covered in the Ambassador and Return of the Aghyrians series. It is, in…

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Return of the Aghyrians series Trader’s Honour

Trader’s Honour is book 2 in the Return of the Aghyrians series Mikandra Bisumar is useless to her father: she carries the curse of infertility that plagues the Endri people of Miran. Forced to work in the hospital to pay her duty to her proud nation, she dreams of becoming…

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Shifting Reality

Shifting Reality by Patty Jansen

Shifting Reality is book 1 in the ISF-Allion series A few years ago, a military doctor walking the corridors of New Jakarta Space Station saved Melati’s life. She signed up for the International Space Force to pay back her moral debt to him. But her family thinks she has betrayed…

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Blood & Tears part 3 of the Icefire Trilogy

Blood & Tears is book 3 in the Icefire Trilogy series Following the destruction of the City of Glass through an explosion of sonorics, huge numbers of refugees have descended upon the Chevakian capital Tiverius. The refugees are mostly members of the rebel group Brotherhood of the Light, supporters of…

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Best ever pumpkin soup

Since I have better things to do than stand in the kitchen, my favourite recipes are all ones that require a minimum of effort. When I was at Sydney Uni, my PhD supervisor lived on campus and he and his wife used to invite all students to his house on…

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Seven years on: advice to new writers

Last week, on 9 December to be precise, was what I consider the anniversary of my writing career. In December 2004, I took the decision to take my writing seriously and joined SF-OWW. I’ve done my seven years in the vein of ‘It takes seven years to become an overnight…

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What the… on swearing, and adverbs, in writing

I have to admit that I am rather puzzled at people who declare that they don’t use swear words in writing. Oh, I totally understand why the decision is made, and this post is not to tell them that they should decide differently, or tell them that the sky will…

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Choosing a landing spot for the Mars Curiosity rover

Adapted from a talk given at #CSIROTweetup by Marion Anderson School for Geosciences Monash University. Marion is an incredibly passionate speaker and Australian ambassador for space science. Marion is a geologist, and was involved with site selection for the Curiosity landing. Our understanding of Mars has changed a lot in…

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