Sciency Words: Kirkwood Gaps

Kirkwood gaps are named after Daniel Kirkwood, the astronomer who first discovered them and correctly deduced what caused them.


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

Sciency Words: Chaos Terrain

The resulting terrain will look truly bizarre—chaotic, you might say!—with huge ice blocks jutting up above an otherwise perfectly

Starting Point: The Haunebu Encounter

What he had seen must be reported. He knew his life was unimportant in relation to what he had

Sciency Words: Belts and Zones

If you’ve ever looked at Jupiter, you’ve noticed that it has stripes. The stripes are so pronounced that you

Starting Point: A Taste of Paradise

"What is it?" Miranda asked with childlike curiosity...

Sciency Words: Orbital Resonance

Three of Jupiter’s moons, Io, Europa, and Ganymede, have a special relationship with each other. For every complete orbit

Starting Point: Give Blood

"Blood?!" Jim recoiled. "Why in the 'verse do you want my blood?"

Sciency Words: Rubble Pile

“Rubble pile” is not a formal part of any asteroid classification system, but it appears so often in scientific

Inter-species Commerce in Science Fiction

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

Starting Point: The Third Generation Problem

It's known as the "Third Generation Rule": The degree of social discipline needed for a space habitat to survive


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

Featured Story: The Battle of Grettsburg

“Welcome to Grettsburg,” said one of the citizens. “My name is Rodak Patel, Grettsburg’s Minister of the Oracle...

Starting Point: It’s just a jump to the left…

I've created a time machine. Yes, I know, it's impossible, requires infinite energy, blah, blah, blah. If you're saying

Your Undiscovered Country

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

Sciency Words: Siliceous Asteroids

It’s a tale of two asteroids, one in the inner asteroid belt, the other in the outer region.

Starting Point: He Came Back Wrong

There stood Illius. But as they stared at him, Adam and Thale realized the horrible truth...

Winner of the Alien August Competition

The Alien August competition is over, and the winner has been announced.

Sciency Words: Carbonaceous Asteroids

As the name implies, carbonaceous asteroids have lots of carbon and carbon-containing compounds.

SciFi Ideas Podcast Episode#11 (Alien August Special)

David and Mark discuss their favourite entries to the Alien August competition 2015.