The Science of Fiction: Colonizing Mars

I just finished the second book in the One Way series by S.J. Morden. It's good, really good. Good in that way that made me feel like a super genius for knowing how the plot was going to work out, but even as it was working out the way I thought, I was totally riveted. …

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Daddy Issues

"You know what's stupid?" "What?" "This ship," Bruno screeches as the shuttle shimmies in response to a psionic shock wave. He jerks the control stick to avoid a cephalopod tentacle and the Errant Knight barrel-rolls to the starboard. "Any other design we'd be invisible." "But we're not and go fuck yourself.' For Lei, this ship …

#110 Robert Zubrin

  Origin: Stories on Creativity #110  Robert Zubrin On this episode of Origin, science and space author  Robert Zubrin educates me on writing hard sci-fi, the history of the space program, and why we need to get to Mars. Visit www.bryanaiello.com for links to subscribe. Robert Zubrin,  president of the Mars Society and author of …

A Momentary Snowflake

It's in this small moment that a universe exists A simple creation A flake of ice It falls with glory from the sky as everything Is and in a flash Gone Seeping into the fabric of a wool jacket like it never existed at all

Progeny of Daisy

Retired Navy Captain John Kelly has started his one hundred and twenty-seventh day in space. He has not slept in many weeks and needs to aim the surgical scalpel a second time at the matured plant in front of him, red leaf romaine. While doing so he hums a flat tone. The same tone he …

Hermes II

Art by martydesign - Arriving A transport ship swings down and enters the first runway gate. It moves slow. Its two plasma engines glowing a dull yellow. The craft’s designation on the grey hull is written in chipped white paint, it reads SF 92/902. A little boy sits on his daddy's shoulders watching. He asks, "is that …