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 Return of the Aghyrians 2 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 a Trader, one of the…

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Looking For Daddy

This novella is truly the weirdest thing I’ve ever written. It has zombies, living roads and a metal-spiked echidna. It has a young main character, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under 15. The story has some dark themes. Despite this, it is not a depressing tale, and I…

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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 Icefire Trilogy 3 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 the old royal family. They…

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Guest: Marlene Dotterer, author of Shipbuilder

I’ve known Marlene for a long time, since I joined OWW in 2004. Already, she was working on an interesting project, involving the sinking–or maybe not–of the Titanic. The result is her book Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder. Marlene talks about her book and the research she did to write it…

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