Building the Sancta Futura Universe

World-building is a key task for any writer of speculative fiction. The writer of realistic fiction has a world ready-made (the real world, in which we all live), and the writer of historical novels has a world that existed once upon a time and now waits for the storyteller to dust off the historical record and bring it back to life. But the speculative writer must cast his imagination toward an undiscovered country, which may be …

Cast Into the Deep Sea of Stars, my work-in-progress

I’ve taken a long holiday from blogging while I labored over draft 3 of my science fiction novel, Cast into the Deep Sea of Stars, which I’ll be publishing under the pen name Kit Pascoe. I’ve sent the draft out to beta readers, played around with cover concepts (the accompanying illustration is my own, which will NOT be the cover of the published work). And I’ve been reading other writers’ work for inspiration, so I’ll …

Kindle Sample Review of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War: Form & Function

Today I’m going to review the free Kindle sample of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War. Why review just the sample, rather than the whole book? Read my previous post for a full explanation, but the short answer is “so many books, so little time & money.” First I’ll cover the formal aspects of the sample, then the story I’m sampling. I’ll actually do this in two separate posts, because I’m going to carry on at …

Catholics in Space! A view by Cyril Jones-Kellett

A couple of months ago, I took a pause from writing my own Catholic science fiction novel, Cast Into the Deep Sea of Stars, and spent some time searching online (as I do from time to time) for anything that called itself a “Catholic science fiction novel.” I’ve done this before, but I thought I might find something I had missed and this time, by golly, I did just that. I found Cyril Jones-Kellett’s Ad …

What kind of science fiction do you enjoy?

I wrote a few months ago about how my protagonist doesn’t fit most of the stereotypes for science fiction heroines. Now it appears that the entire novel may prove to be a horse of a different color amongst all the other (thousands of) science fiction titles being published these days. Recently when I did some quick & dirty internet research to see what kind of science fiction is selling that I might actually want to read, …