Planet Profile: Arethusa

Arethusa is a FICTIONAL planet dominated by large shallow seas and small island continents. Its seas appear green because

Post-Apocalyptic Worlds in Science Fiction

The versatile genre of science fiction has shown us many interesting worlds, and not just different planets. The future

News: Alien Week begins August 22nd

The fourth week of August (22nd - 28th) will be designated "Alien Week".

Dystopian Worlds in Science Fiction

The versatile genre of science fiction has shown us many different worlds, and I don't just mean different planets.

Top 10 American Science Fiction TV Shows

To commemorate American Independence Day (2011) we created a poll on the SciFi Ideas Facebook page. The poll asked

Story Idea: The Mars-Town Rebellion

Here's an idea for a science fiction story set on Mars. It's still lacking in both plot and characters,

Using Attributive ‘Tags’ to Make Your Characters Memorable

Writing large numbers of characters in any fictional work can cause confusion for the reader. This is especially true

A Guide to Science Fiction Subgenres

The world of science fiction literally epic and incredibly complex. The genre can be divided into dozens of subgenres,

10 More Ideas For Star Trek RPGs

Star Trek occupies a very large and versatile universe. In a previous article, we gave you 10 ideas for

Top 10 British Science Fiction TV Shows

To commemorate St George's day (2011) we created a poll on the SciFi Ideas Facebook page. The poll asked

8 Ways to Bring Your Character Back from the Dead in Science Fiction

In science fiction it's safe to say pretty much anything can happen. With a good enough reason, characters can

6 Alternatives to Faster-Than-Light Travel

Faster-than-light travel is one of the most revolutionary ideas science fiction has ever explored. This simple narrative device has

10 Ideas for Star Trek RPGs

If you're thinking of setting up a play-by-post RPG in the Star Trek universe then you've probably already considered

Water Power: Slashing the Cost of Space Travel

I recently came across this article on and did a fair amount of head scratching. It details a

What’s Really in the Epsilon Eridani System?

After the Alpha Centauri System, Epsilon Eridani is the most mentioned star system in science fiction, but what is

What’s Really in the Alpha Centauri System?

Alpha Centauri is to science fiction what Amsterdam is to teenaged boys; a distant glimmer of hope, seducing us

How Many Habitable Planets Can I Fit Into One Star System?

TV shows like Firefly, Battlestar Galactica and Caprica have shown us glimpses of systems packed with habitable worlds, but

Story Idea: Bypassed

A group of humans set out to colonize a world in a distant star system. Traveling at sub-light speeds

A Sexy Guide to Structuring Your Story

This is an approach to story structure taught to me by my old creative writing lecturer, Nick Pemberton. He

Would an Alien Really Have Three Eyes?

Answer: Sure, why not? Most species on Earth have two eyes, but there are many species that have more.