Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

– By J. W. Fox – Blake Crouch follows up his Wayward Pines trilogy with the technothriller Dark Matter. His latest novel firmly establishes Crouch as one of the best thriller writers around with a special knack for incorporating science fiction tropes. Dark Matter gives an interesting twist on our current understanding of quantum physics […]

Thoughtcrime 036: Star Trek Turns 50!

  It is the 50th anniversary of the series premiere of Star Trek the Original Series. I take some time to look back on the top franchise in the science fiction genre and what it has meant to me as a fan and as a writer. The epic space opera franchise holds a special place […]

Thoughtcrime 035: Motley Crews

  An episode celebrating the success of pirates, smugglers, mercenaries, and other criminal crews in winning over millions of fans. Notable motley crews include Guardians of the Galaxy, Firefly, Dark Matter, Star Wars: Rebels, and many many more. Springhole Tips for Writing En Semble Casts – http://www.springhole.net/writing/write-better-ensemble-casts.htm

Thoughtcrime 027: Mary Sue/Marty Stu Character

  I go solo for this episode to discuss character development, and a common mistake many new authors make: creating a Mary Sue/Marty Stu character.

New Sci Fi Releases Week of 4/24

  Here are a few new releases in science fiction that caught our attention. The vast majority are from small presses or are self-published with the occasional title from a big publisher sprinkled in. These are handpicked based on customer reviews, plot summary, author, or just our gut feeling. If you are a self-published author […]

The Circuit: Progeny of Vale by Rhett C. Bruno

– By Jacob Foxx – The first novel in Rhett C. Bruno’s space opera, Executor Rising (read my review here), was Act I one of a much larger story. It laid the foundation and introduced the key players, but on its own was not a complete story. Like many serials in genre fiction, neither novel […]

New Sci Fi Releases This Week 3/27

  Here are a few new releases in science fiction that caught our attention. The vast majority are from small presses or are self-published with the occasional title from a big publisher sprinkled in. These are handpicked based on customer reviews, plot summary, author, or just our gut feeling. If you are a self-published author […]

New Sci Fi Releases This Week 3/20

  Here are a few new releases in science fiction that caught our attention. The vast majority are from small presses or are self-published with the occasional title from a big publisher sprinkled in. These are handpicked based on customer reviews, plot summary, author, or just our gut feeling. If you are a self-published author […]

Fear the Sky by Stephen Moss

– Jacob Foxx – They don’t write many novels like this anymore. Fear the Sky is a combination of classic hard science fiction, technothriller, and spy thriller. Rich in detail and incredibly realistic, it covers just about every branch of the military as well as several advanced weapon systems in each branch. Author Stephen Moss […]

TC 018: How to Write Bad Science Fiction

  I go solo in this episode to go over the five ways to write an absolute dumpster fire of a novel. Drawing on my own experiences, input from editors and literary agents, and advice from other authors, I put together a good list of ways beginning sci-fi authors can fail, and how to avoid […]