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Five Things About My Works In Progress

Five Things About My Works In Progress

To co-incide with the paperback release of the quite excellent novel by Gavin Smith The Age of Scorpio, the author has kindly agreed to provide SFBook with his thoughts on "five things about your work in progress".

So this five things about your work in progress meme thing has been doing the rounds, and I’ve never seen a band wagon that I didn’t want to jump on (that’s not entirely true) except…I don’t really discuss works in progress any more than I absolutely have to. Not even my editors. Though my agent keeps on asking me pointed questions. He uses words like "commercially viable", apparently this is different from commercia...

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written by Ant on Monday 13th October 2014
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Warp Drive Space Ship continues development

Some time ago we reported that NASA was working on a real live Warp Drive space ship, based on the principles of Alcubierre drive which is designed to bend the very fabric of space-time for propulsion. The project is being headed by NASA ace Dr Harold White.

Not content with just providing the theory, NASA continue to look at building a practical spaceship that could prove this theory. To help with this digital artist Mark Rademaker - who has worked with Star Trek projects - was asked to help Star Trek graphic designer Matt Jefferies and Dr White in designing a concept of the ship - IXS-100 Enterprise.

The result is nothing short of stunning.

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written by Ant on Friday 13th June 2014
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Win A copy of Midnight Crossroad to read at Midnight

Win A copy of Midnight Crossroads to read at Midnight

To celebrate the release of Midnight, Crossroad; the new novel from best-selling author Charlaine Harris Gollancz are offering one lucky reader the chance to read the book in the comfort of a fantastic hotel at midnight on the launch day.

The winner will spend the night in a fantastic hotel and have their copy delivered to them at midnight with an exclusive gift box. They’ll also win a chance to meet Charlaine Harris when she visits the UK later this year.

To enter just click the link here. You can follow the competition on twitter with the hashtag ...

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written by Ant on Wednesday 30th April 2014
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Collaborating With Myself by Paul McAuley

Collaborating With Myself by Paul McAuley

The Confluence series by Paul McAuley is vastly under-rated and deserves to be enjoyed by many more readers. The good folks over at Gollancz are thankfully providing a second chance of enjoying this powerful series. The author has re-edited the series into one glorious volume and to celebrate the launch of the Confluence novel we have been lucky enough to feature an article by the author himself:

I'm not one of those writers who can produce a detailed plan of a novel and then fill it out, chapter by chapter. I usually know the beginning and the end of a novel before I begin, and a few places along the way that contain crucial turns of plot, but it's mos...

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written by Ant on Thursday 20th February 2014
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Further evidence we are all just a Hologram

Further evidence we are all just a Hologram

Back in January 2009 we reported that German scientists had stumbled upon a strange problem that suggests that the univere is a holographic projection - a crazy theory I admit. Forward to October 2010 and physicist Craig Hogan has been busy building a holographic interferometer, or "Holometer" (which sounds like it came straight out of Star Trek) to test this theory and attempt to find hard evidence (The Holometer is still under construction at Fermilab in the USA at present) of our holo-existance.

Fast forward aga...

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written by Ant on Monday 20th January 2014