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A Look Behind the Scenes

In one Star Trek TNG episode the Enterprise explodes (several times actually). Explosions can't be done

New Worlds Project – An Interview With Kim Smouter

I caught up with Kim Smouter - one of the humans responsible for both the original


It’s a new rising speculative fiction genre and aesthetic, along the same lines of Steampunk, Cyberpunk,

Inter-species Commerce in Science Fiction

As an avid science fiction fan, and a fledgling science fiction novelist, one thing that has


A typical M-type asteroid could be worth billions upon billions of dollars.

Your Undiscovered Country

The following article was written by author Tom Julian. Thanks for the advice Tom! There comes

Sciency Words: Panspermia

According to panspermia, life - in the form of bacterial spores, tardigrades, or whatever - spreads

Sciency Words: Extremophiles

In the mid-1960’s, a field biologist by the name of Thomas Brock was conducting research in

How To Create An Alien Species In 3 Stages

It’s Alien August here at SciFiIdeas.com, and an autographed copy of my novel The Deep Link

Sciency Words: Biopoiesis

To rephrase a line from The Wrath of Khan: put simply, biopoiesis is life from lifelessness.

Size Matters: The Evolution of Unicorn Horns

With the recent discovery that unicorns do exist, we must take a serious look at these

Sciency Words: Astrobiology

It’s not science fiction. It’s a young but important branch of science focused on the study

Hemingway – A Simple Editing Tool for Simple Prose

Rather than criticizing you for your technical errors, Hemingway instead gives you hints on how to

Sciency Words: Ad Hoc Hypothesis

“Ad hoc” is a Latin phrase meaning “for this,” as in “for this one and only

Sciency Words: Eccentricity

According to Kepler’s laws, no planet has a perfectly circular orbit. The “established norm” is

Sciency Words: Chromatophore

Chromatophores are special cells in the skin of some animals, most notably the squid and the

Sciency Words: Orbital Vocabulary

When you want to move your spaceship to a higher orbit, fire your rockets prograde. If

Science is the Bad Guy Now?

It’s been suggested that moviemakers only see science and technology as the bad guy, and won’t

Science Fiction Doesn’t Have to be Believable?

Though I admit I’ve written series of sci-fi novels where scientific accuracy takes a back seat

Top 5 Worldbuilding Must-Haves

What if you work on your world for weeks, write dozens of spreadsheets or notes, create