Lesser-known Science Fiction Stories That Have Stayed with Me… and few classics that haven’t

There are some books that may not be well known as science fiction classics, but that I’ve found myself reading repeatedly. Dune is a classic, and I’ve written about it elsewhere, so it’s not on this list, not because it hasn’t influenced me considerably, but because it is so well known in the genre.

Making a physical book from an electronic manuscript as a gift

I decided to give my girlfriend a copy of my unfinished story as a physical book. She’d been wanting to read it for a while and her birthday was near, so off I went…

Step 1 - Selecting the size.

Given that I have an A4 printer and that A5 (half of A4) is an acceptable size for a hard cover book, I went with A5.

Step 2 - Sourcing material.

What would the navigational conventions in near-planet space be?

As I’ve been contemplating a crowded human space, in the Deacon Carver series of novels. I’ve started dwelling on how ships of various sizes and maneuvering capabilities would co-exist in a gravity well.

No, I don’t buy the “hand it off to the computer and forget about it” approach.

A Story-Teller Ascends Hopeful, Optimistic, and Naive

Throughout my life I’ve been a story teller: I drew my own comic books as a youth; I wrote fiction as a teen; I was a journalist; I defined information flows as an information designer; I communicated language as a teacher; and I've shone a light on some very deserving people as a communications consultant and fundraiser for educational charities in Africa.

Now it’s time to tell my stories.

And I’ve got a number to tell.

Agents of Firefly - Joss Whedon's Karmic Circle

I’ve been re-watching season 1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it dawned on me that the show really is just a larger budget, less engaging Firefly. I don’t think it’s far outside the consensus to say that Agents… wasn’t Joss Whedon’s most well-received TV show among his fan-base, even as it was a ratings hit.