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The Nova Chronicles

August 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here but that’s because things have been BUSY. I’ve been trying to focus more on my fiction writing, rather than blog posts (I know we all miss ‘When Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact’). But the good news is that I now have many (9 to be exact) […]

It’s been a while in the making but finally Survivor is here. Survivor is book one in The Nova Chronicles and is a gritty sci-fi adventure. It could be described as “Tomb Raider in Space”. When everyone runs, who will stand? Nova is a new recruit to the Jagged Maw: an elite bounty hunter guild. During […]

Hello readers 🙂 Today I’m pleased to share a sci-fi short story I wrote recently. And don’t forget… if you sign up to my mailing list before the 23rd of September you’ll get Book One of the Nova Chronicles for FREE! Enjoy!   The Last Man on Mars Randor stood, his entire body rigid, one […]

Last year I had the pleasure of hosting a zombie short story from Michael Cairns. This year I’m happy to host another fantastic zombie tale of horror from Michael:   SARAH  by Michael Cairns  Sarah doesn’t much care for alcohol. She tried it a few times in her teens and ended every evening with her […]

A fascinating study has recently been published in Nature which demonstrates the ability of researchers to both inactivate and reactivate memories in rats. These rats were trained to respond to a certain stimulus. They were then exposed to a depotentiation protocol. After treatment the rats did not respond to the stimulus anymore. Subsequently the rats […]

There is so much going on in the field of space-travel that it can be hard to keep up. With projected Mars landings, the potential for off-world colonies and the commercialization of space-flight it’s easy to become lost in the noise. One topic which has come under the spotlight is the upcoming plan to send […]

That’s right ladies and gents… it’s not long until the release of Book 1 of the Nova Chronicles… a fast-paced, action-packed, science-fiction adventure. Enjoy a look at the cover… And imagine the adventure within… You can get book 1 FOR FREE if you sign up to be a bounty hunter (<<< to your left), just […]

    Shift is the second book in Hugh Howey’s phenomenal success story, following Wool. Just like the first book Shift is a fantastic read. There is so much drama, intrigue, thrill and teetering on the edge of collapse that I was on the edge of my seat. Shift is interesting in that the events […]

    I’m sure almost everyone has heard about the epic indie success story which is Hugh Howey and his book Wool. I must admit that at first I was a little skeptical… Wool… What does Wool mean? What is it about? … but after learning it’s a post-apocalyptic type novel I decided I had […]

Steel Gods of the Arena

February 2, 2014 | 2 Comments

A little while ago I introduced my new character Nova. She’s a butt-kicking, future-living, bounty hunter… and she’s back.   Please enjoy the following short story and let me know what you think. If you like what you see you can sign up to become a Bounty Hunter (left of the screen) and receive Nova’s […]

Who would have thought becoming a cyborg was so close to reality? We all know that 3D printing is cool but this week in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality, I want to show you something epic. This particular research team wanted to integrate electronic functionality with biological materials to make a bionic/cyborg ear capable of […]

    Forbidden Future is a time-travel anthology published by Masquerade Publishing. You can check out quick blurbs of the different stories below. I don’t want to focus on any one story in particular so this review is on the book as a whole. There were a couple of fantastic stories in this anthology, unfortunately […]

Today’s When Science Fiction Becomes Reality, is more of a look forward. To 5 things I wish were a reality but which haven’t quite made it yet. Microchip – The microchip. It has featured in science fiction for years and yet I still don’t have one. Sure you can get small computer chips but they […]

I’m female and I read, and I see these things sooo often it makes me want to break things. Come on people, let’s break away from Hollywood stereotypes. Ok, if you’re writing a romance novel which is meant for women who only want to be saved, get married and have hundreds of babies, that’s fine. […]

So we all know that Bluetooth and wi-fi are great, being able to network computers and phones is fantastic, but personally, I don’t think it’s as good as it could be. That’s where the subject of this week’s When Science Fiction Becomes Reality comes in. The Ninja Sphere. Not only does it have an awesome […]

    Last week I reviewed another of C.J. Anderson’s book’s; Dawn of Djesus Undead. Anderson is kindly giving away three of his books at the moment, and I took full advantage of the offer. Klarity is a science fiction novella based around the development of a new drug which cures Alzheimer’s and autism as […]

This week in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality we’re talking about a new piece of technology which will mean great things for some, and unemployment for others. The UBR-1 is an advanced robot which will soon be available for just $35,000. It’s extremely modifiable and extremely smart. The robot is capable of adjusting its height […]

Draw in 3D

November 6, 2013 | Leave a Comment

This week in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality I have a very cool invention which is hot off the press to show you: a 3D pen. It works in much the same way as a 3D printer except that you use it like you would any other pen. It uses melted plastic which cools to […]

    So you love Doctor Who. You’ve watched every episode (several times) and now you’re eagerly awaiting the 50th Anniversary special. But what do you do in the meantime? There’s a complete Doctor Who drought! Well, if you’re like me you turn to other platforms, in this case; books. Little did I know that […]

Bacterial Lightbulbs

October 30, 2013 | 4 Comments

      This week in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality I want to show you something very cool: light-bulbs made of bio-luminescent bacteria. What is it? Basically the idea is to have a light ‘bulb’ composed entirely of glowing bacteria. This system would provide light without using any electricity. The Science: The science behind […]

Are you an aspiring science fiction author? Are you fan of Dr Who and science fiction? Do you enjoy a little bit of romance thrown into your novels? Then Pippa Jay is just the author for you. Pippa, tell us a little bit about yourself: My name is Pippa Jay, author of science fiction with […]

It’s time again for When Science Fiction Becomes Reality. This one is pretty cool and has tremendous implications for medicine and health. The basis is that a tiny device is implanted into a person. The device is composed of cells which are programmed to respond to certain conditions. So far two types have been presented: […]

This week in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality, I’m excited to touch on a topic that everyone is interested in; mind reading. So far the idea of mind-reading has been mostly confined to the realms of sorcery, but what if someone could actually look at the activity of your brain and determine your thoughts? Researchers […]

  We’ve all thought it; what would I do if the zombie apocalypse happened right now. There are memes flooding social media; e.g. what would your weapon be if you only had time to grab one thing from your desk? The world has definitely fallen into another zombie craze, with Walking Dead and World War […]

Today in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality I have a fun list to share; major science fiction technologies which have since been created. That is, how our world now is the ‘science fiction’ setting of past decades. 1.    Jules Verne predicted the moon landing in incredible detail (including the weightlessness of the astronauts) 100 years […]

    Last week I had the pleasure of reading The Eden Project, a science fiction novel which I found quite enjoyable. The premise is that something has happened to Earth, sending the human race hurtling towards extinction. In an effort to prevent this a group of forward thinking scientists have set up ‘the dome’. […]

This week in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality there are two great discoveries I want to share. Memory Removal– Scientists have been able to remove selected memories from mice and rats. So the possibility of ‘brain wipes’ isn’t that far off at all. (Although of course this study was done for the medical benefits to […]

Today in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality I’m not going to break down just one incredible story for you; today I’m giving you a whole list!   Researcher’s grow teeth from urine – Not many sci-fi applications, but still pretty cool! http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/07/31/3814782.htm   Mars is phosphate rich – Mars has more of the essential building […]

Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… Today The Herald of Darkness was officially released for your enjoyment. So, don’t waste another second, head over to Amazon and grab your copy now! I am the one who walks the night, I am the heart that sees no light, I […]

Not that long ago the only computers around were large, bulky and altogether unwieldy. Since then technology has gotten smaller, smarter and more user-friendly. Today in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality, we’re looking at the latest in computer advancements; the e-skin. This feather-light technology is thinner than a piece of hair and weighs just 3 […]

Today I’m lucky to be hosting Michael Cairns as part of his blog tour. Chocoholic Michael Cairns is a writer and author of the real-world epic fantasy trilogy, The Assembly and science fiction adventure series, A Game of War. A musician, father and school teacher, when not writing he can be found behind his drum […]

Hello readers. Today I have a very special treat to brighten up your weekends; a taste test of my novel-in-progress. It is a bit of a change from fantasy into sci-fi and I hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions- I always welcome constructive feedback. And, if you like […]

Today in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality I’m talking about something a little scary… Do you remember the movie Total Recall? Or the book it was based on: We Can Remember It for You Wholesale? … The premise was that artificial memories were inserted into people’s brains. And now, ladies and gentlemen, we can do […]

This week in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality we talk about the almost impossible. Scientists have achieved something spectacular: an injected fluid which allows you to survive without breathing for up to 15 minutes! So far it’s only been used in animal trials but think of the possibilities, not just medically but recreationally as well. What would […]

Levitation. Isn’t that one of the coolest superpowers? Right up there with fire-thrower? …. X-men aside, in today’s When Science Fiction Becomes Reality I’m looking at a very real case of levitation. The premise is that sound waves (and their vibrations), when controlled in just the right way, are capable of levitating and even controlling […]

I’m very excited about this week’s When Science Fiction Becomes Reality, it’s all about artificial intelligence. Let’s face it, we all knew that it was only a matter of time before Terminator came true. Firstly, some interesting facts: It is estimated that humans will get rid of their bodies and become entirely machine (consciousness uploaded […]

Here for your enjoyment are the five newest and top-rated books in fantasy and sci-fi. Have you read them? What did you think? They all sound fantastic, but I haven’t ready any of them! Does anyone have any suggestions? View these books now by clicking on the cover images.   A Lost Witch – Debora […]

In this week’s When Science Fiction Becomes Reality, we’re discussing a topic which has become quite controversial over the last few years. Vaccines. There has been a massive push in recent years against vaccines and this has led to an abominable increase in the rates of infectious diseases, including whooping cough. In-fact in the last […]

Today I am lucky to have David Allen Kimmel, author of Rockin’ Across the Galaxy, for an Indie Interview. Earlier this year I reviewed David’s book Rockin’ Across the Galaxy (which I thoroughly enjoyed) and now I’m excited to hear his thoughts on writing. He has some great advice for authors and a fantastic sense […]

This week in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality I want to highlight a very cool piece of technology which is just starting to come into its own… echolocation. This incredible science uses echoes and sounds to measure the dimensions of a room (kind of like sonar). More of the science is described here, but I […]

All fantasy and sci-fi fans have dreamt of being invisible. I know when I was young and asked what super power I want, it had to be invisibility. Well, in this week’s When Science Fiction Becomes Reality I’m discussing the many ways in which invisibility has become a reality. There are now so many avenues […]

Here for your enjoyment are the five newest and top-rated books in fantasy and sci-fi. Have you read them? What did you think? Personally I can’t wait to get back into the Riftwar Saga! Deeply Odd- Dean Koonts          4.5 Stars The sixth Odd Thomas thriller from the master storyteller. Our reluctant hero is drawn once […]

So, a few weeks ago I spoke about an incredible, mind-controlled robotic arm. This week in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality, I’m taking it a step further with MindWalker. This incredible invention consists of a frame and robotic parts which move in response to brain impulses. The frame is designed to be used by people […]

If you thought Superman was tough, wait till you hear about this mould! In this week’s When Science Fiction Becomes Reality, I’m looking at an amazing mould which has been collected from Sverdrup Pass, Canada. This mould has been trapped under a glacier for over 400 years and yet plant it in some fertilizer and […]

So a calculator made out of E. coli cells might not be the most classiest thing you’ve ever heard of but that’s what we’re disucussing in this weeks When Science Fiction Becomes Reality. So what is this bacterial calculator? Well some clever scientists over at MIT have decided to scrap the idea of converting bacterial […]

This week in ‘When Science Fiction Becomes Reality‘ I’m looking at a field of research which is constantly developing and creating new miracles: bioengineering. Specifically, the bioengineering of replacement body parts. At the current point in time it’s tragic how many people are unable to get transplants and die as a result, bioengineering could be […]

This week in When Science Fiction Becomes Reality I want to talk about a very exciting, but also fun, project which IBM recently completed. They have made a movie by moving single atoms around to create a stop-motion animation: “A Boy and his Atom”. This research team is investigating digital storage technologies and have already […]

In this first installment of ‘When Science Fiction Becomes Reality’, I decided to discuss something which is not only incredible but also offers significant improvements to quality of life for many people. This amazing innovation is mind-controlled robots. That’s right, a chip inserted into the brain reads neural signals and translates them into movements which […]

    America has been crippled by the Second Great Depression, Obamaville in Central Park is full to bursting and the Iranian Empire has eyes set on Europe, this is Collapse by Richard Stephenson. It is an apocalyptic fiction novel which is just a little too non-fiction for comfort. You watch the world crumble through […]

So today I have a question for all of you lovely readers- how does ‘classic’ Doctor Who compare to ‘new’ Doctor Who? I’ll admit I only jumped on the Whovian band wagon for the new Who, when Christopher Eccleston took on the role. But I fell in love with it! Who wouldn’t love an alien […]

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