A Venue for Gaming as Literature

Goldshader is an ambitious new magazine that wants gaming stories to be recognized as literature. I sold a story to them earlier this year, and they’ve just gone live with their website. They have online outreaches for multiple venues and are looking for Patreon sponsors.

Update: I had to add the link to this post since I forgot to add it when I first posted.


Inspiration for Science Fiction for week ending August 30, 2015

These are some trending science articles I thought make good world building details.

I found the health related stories the most inspiring so I’m listing them first.

3-D printing is revolutionizing the pharmaceutical industry

Tiny 3D-Printed Microbots Could Be Used As A Drug Delivery System

Not only humans benefit from new medical technology…Mutilated toucan gets 3D-printed beak prosthesis

I was almost too timid to add an article about a man who had bionic reconstructive surgery to his genitals to the list. After some thought I decided I have no moral objections to anyone accessing this type of reconstructive surgery if they need it so thought I should add it after all. I’m not sure I’ll ever use it in a story though. Note: I have altered the title of this article to phrasing I’m more comfortable with using on this blog if you want to refer to this in the future use the actual title of the article on its webpage.

And this will do for simple worldbuilding

This new ‘green’ antenna could double solar panel efficiency

Revealed: the first hydrogen-powered battery that will charge your Apple iPhone for a week

Here’s why DNA could eventually replace hard drives

Scientists unveil world’s first 3D printer that can print 10 materials at once

Ethiopia has launched the first space program in East Africa

Your brain is still 30 times more powerful than the best supercomputers

Science Fiction is inspired by science but sometimes science is inspired by science fiction in turn.

Interstellar was right. Falling into a black hole is not the end, says Stephen Hawking

Should Mars Be Independent, Or Just A Colony Of Earth?

‘The Martian’ Shows 9 Ways NASA Tech Is Headed to Mars

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of stories writers like me come up with given these news stories as prompts.

Inspiration for Science Fiction

I’ve started to use trending stories as a means to gather worldbuilding materials for science fiction stories I wish to write. It’s easier to see the stories as inspiration instead of research, but the effect should be new stories from me either way.

Some of my findings are the basis of worldbuilding details I want to add to future stories. Others are acting in my mind for story prompts I’d like to develop in the future.

World building Details

Researchers have designed a simple fusion reactor that could be running in 10 years.

3D-printed graphene ink could lead to longer-lasting, more-efficient batteries

Inflatable ‘space elevator’ invented by scientists

Warp speed travel is theoretically possible, says astrophysicist

Inflatable Habitats: From the Space Station to the Moon and Mars?

Technology has created more jobs than it has destroyed, says 140 years of data

How Traveling to Deep Space In Cryogenic Sleep Could Actually Work

Inside Stephen Hawking’s Voice Software, Now Available For Free

Story Prompts

Artificial Intelligence, Legal Responsibility And Civil Rights

Darknet: The web’s black market for goods and ideas

I’m not interested in writing hard science fiction, but I want my soft science fiction stories to be well thought out and plausible. I will see what I produce with the information from these articles.