10 St James’s Sq, London November 27, 1852 My Dear Mister Turing, As I lay here amid my bedchamber, under the thrall of a terrible malaise, my mind is still in flux with so many questions raised by your visit, yesterday. And I am drawn back to a number of strange events in my life. …

Yes, it’s true … I’m going to Mars. I shall join the Mars 2020 rover, blasting off from Cape Canaveral July 2020. Okay, so I know it’s not me, and will never be ‘me’ going to Mars. But if my name can go there in my stead? Great, I’m all for it. I would have …

10 St James’s Sq, London November 26, 1852 Dear Mister Turing, You arrived in a fluster on my doorstep yesterday without so much as a gentlemen’s calling card nor, may I say, wearing anything approaching gentlemen’s attire. And an uncovered head in public, Mr. Turing? Tut-tut. But let us set aside how scruffily dressed you …

A Few Things I’ve Learned About Writing Military Science Fiction By Vincent H. O’Neil (aka Henry V. O’Neil) I’ve been writing for many years, and have published books in the mystery and horror genre in addition to military science fiction. I believe I’ve learned a few things going down that road, and would like to …

As a further aid to writers, this primer highlights some of the important questions you should be asking yourself when constructing your stories. This advice is also pertinent for any type of writing whether a short story, screenplay, or novel. THE SYNOPSIS This is a thumbnail of your story, what amounts to a brief encapsulation …

7 Fear. Trepidation. To say they were the only things Kate felt as she tried to eat some breakfast. All the while avoiding direct eye contact with the other table guests. Would be an understatement. She also felt a certain sense of elation, nausea and a whole gamut of conflicting emotions. It was Sunday. It …

Or, Twenty Questions To Ask In Character Creation Pretend you are walking down a street, and you see your character for the first time. Describe them in one word. No matter how far fetched or illogical this initial impact may be, it may prove invaluable. Use clippings from magazines as illustrations of how you envisage …

6 Don’t do it! The words rung in Kate’s mind, as she stowed her single bag and coat in the overhead compartment on the plane. Well, too late now, she had gone and done it. Done what Susan had feared. Booked a flight. Despite Susan trying to talk her out of the decision she knew …

JUST DO IT “Just do it!” That’s what they all say, isn’t it? Well for writers who also have to make a living to support their writing habit, coming back to that blank page is not always easy. Especially if the gig you have to pay the bills “in between” your writing projects requires ten …