Category Archives: Sci Fi

Payload: In the gutter, looking at the stars

For every glossy and well polished science fiction vignette of a clean and glorious future, there’s another writer out there who likes their fiction black with no sugar. That’s exactly the kind of rough cut and gritty world that film … Continue reading

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Second star to the right, and straight on till morning…

Dreamed up by the British Interplanetary Society in the 1970s, Daedalus was an idea for an unmanned interstellar space probe. It was to be powered by a nuclear fusion rocket, using a rocket engine bell larger than St Paul’s Cathedral. Continue reading

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Warp drives! Nothing’s gonna stop us now?

Starships. The idea captures the imagination, doesn’t it? But special relativity is a harsh law to live by if we, as a species, ever plan to make it beyond the constraints of our own solar system. It imposes the ultimate … Continue reading

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Do Not Feed the Aliens

I absolutely have to mention this. “Do Not Feed the Aliens” is an enchanting little short story, courtesy of my friend Ursula WJ. An excerpt… “I just wondering how the research was getting on. In a more general kind of … Continue reading

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Spaaaaaace!

Most gamers will probably recognise Space Core from Portal 2 by now – and thanks to an anonymous NASA technician, he’s getting his dream of being in space. The little image of Space Core (or is it Wheatley?) in the … Continue reading

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I’m a shameless Portal geek★. I think, to anyone who reads my blog regularly, this should be quite apparent. And this is the best cover of the Portal 2 ending theme I’ve ever heard! And if you like that, you … Continue reading

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Astrotropes: Habitable Moons

The idea of habitable moons is, in my humble opinion, one of the most interesting science fiction tropes out there. And surprisingly, there’s nothing written on TV Tropes about them. I find this a little bizarre, because science fiction of all kinds … Continue reading

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We are clueless about the future

I just wanted to share this image. Honestly, I kid you not, this is what scientists may once upon a time have expected a “home computer” to look like in the year 2004. As I sit here amidst a heap … Continue reading

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Astrotropes: Humanoid Aliens

This trope is used all the time. It’s incredibly rare for it not to be used, in fact. And I must say, it’s one thing which I frequently find disappointing about sci fi. I am, of course, talking about the … Continue reading

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Astrotropes: Space Battles part 1

Space battles really are one of the coolest things in sci fi aren’t they? They’re the fast paced sections full of flashy lasers, awesome sound effects, explosions, cool space ships… They also make the scale of things seem that much … Continue reading

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