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Creative Writng of Andy Weir
Author of the Martian lists his work. Lots of it can be read online. The Egg has a great concept.
fiction  scifi  writing  books  andy  martian  egg 
july 2018 by kybernetikos
I Built a Stable Planetary System with 416 Planets in the Habitable Zone
This system is completely stable—I double-checked with computer simulations. But nature would have a tough time forming this system. If it exists, it could only have been built by a super-advanced civilization. That’s why I call it the Ultimate Engineered Solar System.

Imagine the stories you could tell in these Ultimate Solar Systems! Each binary planet has a close neighbor hovering larger than the moon in the sky. The night sky has an amazing wealth of wandering stars, the other planets traci...
astronomy  scifi  fiction  engineering  planet  solar  star  celestial  habitable 
march 2018 by kybernetikos
Why I barely read SF these days - Charlie's Diary
The implicit construction of an artificial but plausible world is what distinguishes a work of science fiction from any other form of literature. It's an alternative type of underpinning to actually-existing reality, which is generally more substantial (and less plausible—reality is under no compulsion to make sense).
fiction  scifi  worldbuilding  writing 
february 2018 by kybernetikos
How to Self-Publish a Novel in 2017
The process of self-publishing a paperback novel.
amazon  novel  paperback  scifi  publish  self  publishing 
february 2017 by kybernetikos
Charlie's Diary: The High Frontier, Redux
I write SF for a living. Possibly because of this, folks seem to think I ought to be an enthusiastic proponent of space exploration and space colonization. Space exploration? Yep, that's a fair cop — I'm all in favour of advancing the scientific enterprise. But actual space colonisation is another matter entirely
future  science  scifi  space  technology  hard  colonisation  impossible  difficult 
january 2016 by kybernetikos
Why Enders Game is pornography.
culture  scifi  book  military  militarism  enders  porn 
june 2013 by kybernetikos
SF, big ideas, ideology: what is to be done? - Charlie's Diary
I'd put it down to us mistaking Sense of Wonder for Innovation. We used to read SF to get the heady high of a big vision, the "eyeball kick" as Rudy Rucker describes it, of seeing something brain-warpingly different and new for the first time. But today you don't need to read SF to get a sense of wonder high: you can just browse "New Scientist". We're living in the frickin' 21st century. Killer robot drones are assassinating people in the hills of Afghanistan. Our civilisation has been invaded and conquered by the hive intelligences of multinational corporations, directed by the new aristocracy of the 0.1%. There are space probes in orbit around Saturn and en route to Pluto. Surgeons are carrying out face transplants. I have more computing power and data storage in my office than probably the entire world had in 1980. (Definitely than in 1970.) We're carrying out this Mind Meld via the internet, and if that isn't a 1980s cyberpunk vision that's imploded into the present, warts and all, I don't know what is. Seriously: to the extent that mainstream literary fiction is about the perfect microscopic anatomization of everyday mundane life, a true and accurate mainstream literary novel today ought to read like a masterpiece of cyberpunk dystopian SF.
books  future  ideas  scifi  obsolete  ideology  fiction 
may 2012 by kybernetikos
The Star Wars Saga: Suggested Viewing Order - The Machete Order
How can you ensure that a viewing keeps the Vader reveal a sur­prise, while in­tro­duc­ing young Anakin before the end of Return of the Jedi?
culture  film  movies  scifi  order  fan  starwars 
february 2012 by kybernetikos
Essay on Realistic Space Combat
Missiles at high speed, lasers for point defense and for the few seconds where the ships are passing each other up close.
combat  design  space  scifi 
december 2011 by kybernetikos
SF Xenolinguistics
The cliches of alien languages. He's also written quite a few good rants on a number of topics.
language  Linguistics  scifi  SF  cliche  alien  xenolinguistics 
october 2006 by kybernetikos

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