Writerly Sound Bites, Number 3: The Worship of Evil – Or, “The Villain Is the Hero of His Own Story”

It might be an old – and somewhat uncouth – meme, but it makes the point. Slap an unhappy backstory on a villain, and odds are that someone somewhere will ask whether or not he is “really the bad guy.” How can Thanos, for example, be considered evil when he just wants to prevent other … Continue reading Writerly Sound Bites, Number 3: The Worship of Evil – Or, “The Villain Is the Hero of His Own Story”

Evidence of an Ancient Rescue Operation

It is impossible to tell with certainty if the skull described in the story belonged to Pliny the Elder. However, the evidence that he and his men were there remains strong given what archaeologists have discovered in their excavations. Read the article to learn more: Vesuvius Remains Identified As Heroic Rescue Mission By Pliny The … Continue reading Evidence of an Ancient Rescue Operation

Biofluorescence Everywhere!

At this rate, I am beginning to think everything alive has at least the capacity for biofluorescence and/or bioluminescence. We have glow-in-the-dark sharks, springhares that glow, platypuses, wombats, and possums that glow…. And researchers just discovered that Tasmanian devils glow in the dark. God works wonders to behold, readers. It just may be that humans … Continue reading Biofluorescence Everywhere!

Telepathy in Fiction – A Lesson from Pacific Rim

By now this author’s record of interest with telepathy as a story device is well-documented. Andre Norton’s* work with this trope is the primary inspiration, in part because she described it so well as both magic and native talent. Her heroes and heroines of the Witch World have an ability not only to communicate with … Continue reading Telepathy in Fiction – A Lesson from Pacific Rim

A New Engine from the Land of the Rising Sun

Click the link to learn more, readers! Japan tests rotating detonation engine for the first time in space BYASHWINI SAKHARKAR AUGUST 21, 2021 EMERGING TECH The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced that it has successfully demonstrated the operation of a “rotating detonation engine” for the first time in space. The novelty of the … Continue reading A New Engine from the Land of the Rising Sun