Shine Cycle Précis: The Invention

Artist's conception of a space probeThe Invention is the fifth planned novel in the “Game of Life” sub-series of the Shine Cycle, following The Cross. Today’s post is a brief introduction to this planned work. Continue reading “Shine Cycle Précis: The Invention


Relativity and Story: Five Strategies

It’s a fairly well-known fact that “relativity” presents problems for science fiction authors—those who want to write stories about human beings on a scale larger than the solar system without “playing fast and loose” with the laws of nature, anyway. Because Einstein’s theories rule out faster-than-light travel (including faster-than-light transmission of information), and make getting anywhere near that “speed limit” both very expensive and an undertaking with unexpected side effects. But while science fiction is about fiction that speculates about what could be given what (we think) we know about the universe (i.e. science), science fiction can also speculate about ways that “science” might be wrong. Lots of authors have invented ways of “getting around” the problem of relativity, the speed of light, and interstellar distances; here’s a look at some of them, and whether or not I think they can work for my needs as I develop my Shine Cycle. Continue reading “Relativity and Story: Five Strategies”