Hi, everyone. It’s sad to say this will be my last post as a MGC member. Thanks to everyone who read my posts over the last few years and especially those who took the time to comment. It’s been a lot of fun and I will miss the regular responders I have come to know.... Continue Reading →
Gravity & Near Future SF
Hi, everyone. I recently went to see the movie Gravity. I can see how some people might think the movie was a little slow (like my boys who like action), but I loved it. What I loved the most was the depictions of the current technology. I'm not saying I did not have any quibbles... Continue Reading →
Hi, everyone. As you read this, I'm on Summer holidays on Moreton Island, just off the coast of Brisbane. One of the big sand islands of Moreton Bay. I don't have internet access there, so won't be able to respond to posts. In the mean time, please feel free to start an open floor discussion. Think of me wriggling... Continue Reading →
Research Vs Writing
I have always been an avid admirer of writers who manage to keep multiple balls in the air at once. They manage new work on one manuscript with research on the next project running at the same time, perhaps with editing of the last manuscript (or two) on the sidelines. I've never been able to... Continue Reading →
Hi, everyone. Continuing on in the festive spirit. Here are a few clever Geek Jokes. . . Some things Man was never meant to know. For everything else, there’s Google. Black holes are where God divided by zero An infinite crowd of mathematicians enters a bar. The first one orders a pint,... Continue Reading →
Need a Laugh? Governmentium has been Discovered!
Season's Greetings to all! I thought a joke might be just the thing for the festive season, rather than tax too many brain cells. Here is something I came across a little while ago, one of my all-time favourite Geek Jokes. The heaviest element yet known to science has been discovered. The new element is... Continue Reading →
Moon Rabbit Breaks Dry Spell
When I read the article today, I could not believe I missed this. I could also not believe the lack of media coverage in general. We’re back on the Moon! On the 14th December China’s Chang’e 3 lander touched down on the surface of the Moon. This is the first soft landing there since the... Continue Reading →
Hi, everyone. I've been abducted by those pesky aliens again. I have to sign off this old computer terminal before they come back to the holding area. In the mean time - please feel free post to the open floor. apologies - I should be back on Earth next week:) PS: Don't forget to... Continue Reading →
What’s in a Name?
Plotting a new novel recently I have come across a familiar phenomenon. I'm working away on the plot, then move on to fleshing out a particular character, or describing that particular character's backstory or role in the plot. Slam. Dead stop. I need the name. If I cannot get a name that works for me... Continue Reading →
I’ve always found red dwarf stars fascinating. With all the initial focus on the G class sun-like stars in the search for life, the long-lived and numerous red dwarfs seemed to have an enticing promise. Most of them are too dim to be seen with the naked eye – adding to their mystery. It is... Continue Reading →