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What are the best one-liners from sci-fi books?

“There's something to be said for hunger: at least it lets you know you're still alive.” — Margaret Atwood, Oryx and CrakeThere's also something to be said for the beautiful pairings of words into well-shaped phrases, the meaning of which sparks joy, sadness, wisdom, and deep understanding in our hearts when we read it.Science fiction

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The Top 10 Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Stories of All Time

What a close call!With hundreds of total votes, our top two titles were running neck-and-neck for the entire voting period! And we had three titles in the middle that ended up four votes apart. Who knew apocalyptic stories were so hard to judge!To review our proposed definition of apocalyptic stories, they generally revolve around the

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What's the Best Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Book or Story of All Time?

It's time for the next poll!We've been talking about apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic sci-fi recently, so let's hear what some of your top favorites are. This week you can nominate and vote for as many as you like, next week we'll do the top ten. It's true that there are some classics out there, but let's

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The Top 10 (+1!) Romantic Relationships in Sci-Fi

This week, due to–ahem–unconventional nominations over on the Facebook group, we have, for the first time ever in Discover Sci-Fi history, a top 10 list with eleven selections! We didn't want to leave out the nomination that had the most votes and surely most spirited comments supporting it, despite it not fitting quite so well into

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Make your choice: Best Romantic Relationship in Sci-fi Books?

This week, due to–ahem–unconventional nominations over on the Facebook group, we have, for the first time ever in Discover Sci-Fi history, a top 10 poll with eleven options! Not wanting to leave out the strongest nomination which is, not exactly aligned with the parameters of “romantic relationship” we had in mind, we are stretching our

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What's the best romantic relationship in a sci-fi story?

Not all science fiction is big on character development, and that's our bag too, but for this week let's talk about the best romantic relationships in a sci-fi book, short story, or series? Many of the titles we've talked about in the past have focused on solo characters, or military men and their machines, but

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The Top 10 Title Names in Science Fiction

Funniest titles, most provocative titles, or titles that just sum up a book or story's contents really well, you nominated dozens of great science fiction titles that are all worth reading their full contents (here's the original nomination list from the blog, and the original nomination list from the Facebook group, with well over 80

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The Top 10 Greatest Sci-Fi Writers

It was a painful vote for many of you, especially to narrow it down from over one hundred nominations to the top ten sci-fi writers of all time. As so many of you pointed out, there are wonderful writers that should have been on the list! But, according to our tallies here on the Discover

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Top Ten Poll: Who is the greatest sci-fi writer of all time?

Over on the Facebook group, we were discussing how selecting the “greatest sci-fi writer of all time” is a bit silly in its over-selectivity, however, it does promote some excellent conversation and debate! And it is a fun way to pick each other's brains on what makes some writers so good. To say nothing of

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Who is the greatest sci-fi writer of all time?

This week let's take the pulse of a broader subject for all of us Discover Sci-Fi readers. It's a simple question with excellent debate points. Who do you think is the greatest sci-fi writer of all time? It's a tricky question, since this necessarily tends to support the classics more than more recent authors, by

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The Top 10 Bio-Tech Enhancements from a Sci-Fi Book or Series

The variety of biotech in science fiction novels is inspiring and mind-boggling. Some of it is even literally for mind-boggling! From super-soldiers, to brain implants, to hormone glands, to extracorporeal pregnancies, you nominated an eclectic assortment of biotech on this blog and on the Discover Sci-Fi Facebook group which you would most like to have or

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What's your pick out of the Top Ten pieces of bio-tech?

Last week you suggested some epic bio-tech mods you would like to have, based on SF books. Does make you wonder how far away some of those enhancements are in our future…🤔🔬 Anyway, based on your nominations here on our blog and the DiscoverSciFi Facebook group, we've tallied up your bio-tech preferences and have a

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What's the Best Piece of Biotech from a Sci-Fi book?

There is some truly fantastic biotech in science fiction novels, some more likely than others, and some more useful. In this case, let's define biotech as any biotechnology that has modified humans, or another species to soup them up to anything more than they were when they were born, for example, a fancy eyeball, extra

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The Top 10 Space Opera books or series of all time

Well, we did it, folks. Together with votes on this blog and on the Discover Sci-Fi Facebook group you nominated, discussed, and voted for the top Space Opera books (or series). This poll had some heated debate over on the Facebook group about what books should count as Space Opera! Now, ordered from 10th to the

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You Can Only Choose One: Best Space Opera

Last week you entered your nominations for the best Space Opera book or series of all time. After hundreds of votes and nominations here on our blog and in our Facebook group, we have narrowed it down to a top ten list for you to vote from. Want to see the full list you guys put

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What's your pick for the top Space Opera book series of all time?

THE DEBATE IS ON! Space opera is a sub-genre of science fiction literature that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking. Set mainly or entirely in outer space, it usually involves conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, futuristic weapons, and other sophisticated technology. The term has no relation to music, but is instead a play on the terms “soap opera” and

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The top 10 Starship Captains in a book/series of all time.

Did you know that there is an official Discover Sci-Fi Facebook group? Fuelled by the opinions of thousands of sci-fi fans like yourself, each week we spark a new debate where you guys battle it out over which books rank at the top of best ever lists. Ordered from 10 to 1 below based on your

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What's your pick for top time travel tales of all time?

THE DEBATE IS ON! This week we want your votes and submissions for the top time travel tales (book/series) of all time. The concept of time travel by mechanical means was popularized in H. G. Wells' 1895 story, The Time Machine.[ In general, time travel stories focus on the consequences of traveling into the past or the future. The

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What's your pick for top military sci-fi book/series of all time?

THE DEBATE IS ON! This week we want your votes and submissions for the top military sci-fi book/series of all time. Military science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction that features the use of science fiction technology, mainly weapons, for military purposes and usually principal characters that are members of a military organization involved

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Who's the most EPIC villain in a sci-fi book or series?

THE DEBATE IS ON! This week we want your votes and submissions for the most EPIC villain/group of villains, in a sci-fi book or series. Every great sci-fi book needs to have a villain. The more evil the better. Often entire armies enrage us with their decimation of innocent people. From the most well-written, to

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What's the best movie adapted from a science fiction novel?

THE DEBATE IS ON! This week we want your votes and submissions for the best movie adapted from a science fiction novel. While most books that are made into movies fall flat on their faces and leave readers everywhere with scorn and anger in their hearts, there are some shining stars that rise above all

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Who is the most iconic character in as sci-fi book or series?

THE DEBATE IS ON! Last week we started a poll asking you to submit your votes for the most EPIC character in a sci-fi book or series. Hundreds of you voted on over 50 characters that were submitted to the debate. Today, we've parred the list down to 10 as determined by the majority of you, and now

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Who is the most iconic character in as sci-fi book or series?

THE DEBATE IS ON! This week we want your votes and submissions for the most iconic character in a science fiction book or series. What makes an iconic protagonist? Is it their ability to overcome all odds? Or, the deep introspection and reflection on some of life's biggest questions? Some have been on epic adventures

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The top 10 post-apocalyptic books of all time.

Did you know that there is an official Discover Sci-Fi Facebook group? Fuelled by the opinions of hundreds of sci-fi fans like yourself, each week we spark a new debate where you guys battle it out over which books rank at top of best ever lists. Don't have Facebook? Another version of our polls is available

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The top 10 sci-fi books of all time.

Did you know that there is an official Discover Sci-Fi Facebook group? Fueled by the opinions of hundreds of sci-fi fans like yourself, each week we spark a new debate where you guys battle it out over which books rank at top of best ever lists. Ordered from 10 to 1 below based on your votes

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How Space and Cyberspace are Merging in the 21st Century Battlefield

CYBERSPACE AND OUTER space are merging to become the primary battlefield for global power in the 21st century. Both space and cyberspace systems are critical in enabling modern warfare—for strike precision, navigation, communication, information gathering—and it therefore makes sense to speak of a new, combined space-cyberspace military high-ground. From the moment Sputnik was launched in

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Nomad wins “Science Fiction Book of Year” award

Matthew Mather's novel Nomad was just announced as the winner of the Authors' on Air coveted “Science Fiction Book of the Year” award for 2015. The winner was determined by an online polling of the close to two million active listeners in forty-six countries that Authors' on Air is active in, and earns Mather a

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Review: The Day of the Triffids

I’m a huge fan of Science Fiction, particularly post-apocalyptic fiction, and think I’ve read the best the genre has to offer. That said, I always bypassed one book on assumptions that were to be proved wrong, and I guess others have made the same mistake. I knew about The Day of the Triffids by John

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Does Science Fiction Really Drive Innovation?

Do science fiction literature and films do more than just influence technology? This seems a simple enough premise and most of us steeped in the genre would answer with an emphatic, “Yes! Of course it does.” Deeper reflection on the subject makes me not quite as sure as I was when I, too, answered in

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Interspecies Communication

I first met Sammy Davis, Junior, when I was nine. At the edge of the kitchen counter, he waited, a gray house lizard—what we in the Philippines called butiki. No bigger than my father’s index finger, half of him was a thin, twitching tail that tapered to a point.     Sammy Davis was a

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FTL – Science Fiction's Fudge Factor

Hyperspace, warp drive, folding space…over the years, authors have come up with lots of ways to travel faster than light, a virtual necessity if we are to portray any plausible kind of interstellar civilization.  Yes, you can build a good story even with years of transit time between even close systems.  Generation ships and crews

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The Butterfly Effect

“Can anyone alter fate? All of us combined… or one great figure… or someone strategically placed, who happens to be in the right spot. Chance. Accident. And our lives, our world, hanging on it.” — Philip K. Dick   Ray Bradbury’s classic short story A Sound of Thunder is the most reprinted science fiction story of

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7 Science Fiction Books, and What They Taught Me.

I admit it: I was a nerd growing up. Rather than go out and play football with my friends, I barricaded myself in my bedroom and played on my trusty Commodore 64. Instead of sports, I had computer games, movies, and books. Especially books. One time, an adult friend quizzed me for fun things to

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The Brink of a New Age of Discovery

Do you remember those old posters from the 1950's that had people in flying cars and robots doing the dishes? It must have been an exciting time. Test pilots had just broken the sound barrier, followed by a breathless rush into the dawn of the Space Race that led to the moon landings just 66 years

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Adventures in Hybrid Publishing

The changes that have occurred in publishing over the past decade are pretty remarkable. I first wrote this post for Simon and Schuster about a year ago, and even more has changed in publishing in that time.     Authors are no longer restricted by the old rules of publishing. You don’t need a literary

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Telepathy – From Science Fiction to Reality

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” — Arthur C. Clarke   During the Golden Age of science fiction, John W. Campbell, Jr.’s Astounding Science Fiction was a vanguard in popularizing stories that centered on humans with enhanced mental abilities, and how ordinary society might look at people with those abilities, notably with A.E.

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So you want to fly to Alpha Centauri…

Fictional Propulsion. You want to get there, and you want to get there fast. How do you do it? Well if you're Dale Earnhart Jr., you stomp down on the accelerator. If you're Usain Bolt, you push balls-to-the-wall and run like the wind. If you're Lance Armstrong, you dope up and hope no one notices.

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Science, Progress, and Science Fiction

As a novelist I often get categorized as a ‘hard’ science fiction writer, which I’ve never been entirely certain fit because I absolutely make use of the customary handwavium and even the occasional Unubtanium. Of course, I do try to at least explain my speculative technologies within the framework of real scientific hypotheses and theories…

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It's All About Light

In just three years from now, we will mark the fifty-year anniversary of man’s first setting foot on the moon.  Fifty years!  It’s gone fast.  Too fast.  The 70’s and 80’s were full of visionaries projecting that we would have bases on the moon and burgeoning tourism by now.  Alas man hasn’t set foot on

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Lift-Off

“It isn't all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning”  – Gene Rodenberry   I’d been waiting to fly the Antares all summer. The first rocket I’d ever launched, it stood over a foot tall, an inch in diameter, red fins swept back at its base like red fletching on

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Worldbuilding in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Worldbuilding.  It’s a term that gets bandied about quite a bit when discussing fiction, especially in genres like science fiction and fantasy, but for all the endless times it is repeated, I think sometimes the importance is overlooked. It’s very fashionable to say things like, “character development is the important thing,” or “it’s the story

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One-on-One with Autumn Kalquist

Autumn Kalquist is the author of the USA TODAY Bestselling Fractured Era book series and is a singer / songwriter. Her stories have also appeared in several bestselling anthologies, and she's written tie-in fiction for Star Citizen (Cloud Imperium Games).   Would you briefly describe your currently available books and projects? Almost all of my

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Prophecies and Science Fiction

It’s an amazing experience when a prediction from a science fiction writer’s book comes true. I had this happen to me last week when gravitational waves were discovered, in almost exactly the way I predicted in my book Nomad (when two colliding black holes were discovered). How did it feel? Surreal would be the best word.

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Introducing DSF: Rising Above the Noise

Many long ages ago, before I was a full time science fiction author (in other words, in 2015), I was a senior scientist at Dynetics in Huntsville, Alabama. As a medium-sized technology company, it mainly does defense contracting, but recently it's been winning quite a few NASA contracts (including one last year that I wrote!)

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