SciFi Saturday News – Alien Technology Spotted, Wormholes and Rey from Star Wars

By Cynthia Sax on October 17, 2015

Here are the stories that gave me SciFi romance plot bunnies this week…

Possible Alien Technology

This story was brought to my attention by Danica Avet and A.M. Griffin.

Bryan Nelson shares

“Nestled between the constellations of Cygnus and Lyra sits what might be the strangest, most mysterious star in our galaxy. This star, designated as KIC 8462852, is not particularly unusual in and of itself. What’s odd is what astronomers have spotted orbitting it: an irregularly-shaped mess of objects that appear unnatural, possibly even alien, reports The Atlantic.”

Wormholes, Dark Energy And Dark Matter

Nothing excites me like wormholes (tunnels in space-time) and yes, there’s been progress on researching them.

Physicist Eric Davis shares

“It would be extremely difficult to construct a wormhole time machine. It’s relatively much simpler to use wormholes for FTL interstellar travel between the stars.”

Possible Alien Megastructure?

A mysteriously flicking star has been captured by Kepler and there’s no logical explanation for it.

Michio Kaku shares

“This is an oddball, a real oddball. Kepler for years has been giving us a catalog of over 1,000 extra-solar planets and this is the first oddball out of hundreds of thousands of stars scanned. This is the first one that does not fit the usual scenario.”


Some Space Technology Patents

Here are some super cool patents for space technology, perfect for any SciFi Romance Writer’s research file.

http://www.techrepublic.com/pictures/photos-10-patents-for-invention-and-innovation-in-outer-space/

More Star Wars Tidbits

Rey, the new female characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is causing buzz.

Donna Dickens shares

“Thanks to Topps Star Wars trading cards, now there is definitive proof that not only does Rey know Han and Chewie…but she knows them well enough to pilot that hunk of junk.”

The Week shares

“Rey, the new female character in Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens, will be “extremely significant”, the movie’s producer Kathleen Kennedy has promised.

In an interview in which she called on Hollywood to do more to promote women, Kennedy fuelled speculation that Rey – played by English actress Daisy Ridley – is a descendant of the Skywalkers.”

What SciFi news inspired you this week?

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Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.

Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.

Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal—survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.

When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?

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SciFi Saturday News – Planetary Protection Officers, Sending Humans To Mars and Inspiring Space Photos

By Cynthia Sax on October 10, 2015

Are you looking for inspiration for your next SciFi romance story? These are the news stories that inspired me this week.

Sending Humans To Mars

Avaneesh Pandey shares

“In another step toward humanity’s journey to Mars, NASA on Thursday released a detailed outline of its plan to get to the red planet. Although the space agency did not announce a firm date for a manned mission, humans might be living and working in “Earth independent” habitats on Mars as early as the 2030s — if all goes according to plan.”

NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer

If you want a super cool career for your about-to-meet-a-hunky-alien heroine, how about making her NASA’s planetary protection officer?

Scott Sutherland shares

“The whole job description sounds a bit like Sci-Fi: One lone woman, with a mission to protect the universe… from Earth. Meet Catharine A. Conley, NASA’s planetary protection officer.

Space is a hazardous place, hostile to life, but Conley has been charged with protecting it from us, or at least what we might send out into it. That’s just what NASA’s planetary protection officer does, and it’s far more about science than science fiction.”

3D Printers And Replicators

I use machines similar to Star Trek replicators in some of my SciFi romance novels. These machines create objects from base inputs. Hmmm… doesn’t that sound a lot like a 3D printer?

Yes, it does. And people are working on applying 3D printers to space travel issues.

Toronto doctor Julielynn Wong shares

“We can’t take all the surgical supplies we want with us on a Mars mission. So the idea was, hey, why don’t I look at the medical inventory for space missions and see what’s 3D printable — just try to convert everything from hardware into something that’s virtual? Using 3D printers for space medicine is transformative.”

Some Awesome Space Photos

Here’s a post with some of the best space related photos I’ve seen in a while, including this one of two galaxies NGC 4302-4298 interacting.

What inspired you in the SciFi world this week?

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Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.

Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.

Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal—survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.

When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?

Buy Now:
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SciFi Saturday News – Water On Mars, Realism In SciFi Movies And Star Wars Rumors Confirmed

By Cynthia Sax on October 3, 2015

I’m always looking for ideas for my next SciFi romance. Here are some of the inspiring real world stories I’ve seen this week.

Water On Mars

The big news was, of course, the photos of water on Mars.

Michael Daly shares

“Dark, narrow, 100 metre-long streaks on Mars, believed to have been formed by flowing water, are seen in an image produced by NASA.”

The images in this article are sure to inspire you.

Ridley Scott And Realism In SciFi Movies

I love this interview with Ridley Scott

“The fantasy of space, which is now also a reality, is a marvelous platform and a form of theatre. Honestly, almost anything goes. But, if anything goes whether you do a play, a book or a film, you’ve got to actually make your own rule book and stick within the confines of the rules you make. So, if I’m doing space fantasy like Alien or Prometheus, I’ve got to draw up the sidelines of the rule book and stick within them. It’s still a fantasy because it’s never going to happen. (The Martian) is a lot easier because, actually, you can lean very heavily on the science in the book. This was a much more realistic movie.”

Possible NASA Projects For Launch In 2020

Want to tie your SciFi Romance into existing NASA projects? They’ve announced possible projects for launch in 2020.

Rich McCormick shares

“Among those selected for this stage of funding are the Near Earth Object Camera (NEOCam), which promises to discover “ten times more near-Earth objects” than have been discovered so far, and “Lucy,” which aims to scout Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids to learn more about the birth of our solar system.”

Admiral Ackbar Returning In Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The rumors that Admiral Ackbar, the fishlike character from the original Star Wars, is returning to The Force Awakens are confirmed. Tim Rose, the actor, is also raving about the movie.

“…if you were a fan of the original three, you’re going to absolutely love this one to bits.”

Star Trek Beyond Filming

Star Trek Beyond has started filming in Dubai. Why Dubai?

Chris Pine shares

“I am always good for discovering new places and this is such a stunning city.” “I woke up this morning, opened up the blinds and looked out. It looks like whatever tomorrow will be. It’s future-land!”

Which SciFi stories are inspiring you?

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Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.

Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.

Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal—survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.

When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?

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SciFi Saturday News – Modern Cyborgs, Space Junk Billionaires And More Star Wars Rumors

By Cynthia Sax on September 26, 2015

Looking for ideas for your next SciFi romance? Here are some of the SciFi inspiring stories I’ve seen this week.

Modern Cyborgs

Jill Margo shares

“Men seem surprisingly open to the idea of having cancer-detecting biosensors implanted in their bodies, according to a report in Science as Culture.

One day such sensors could hopefully aid in the treatment or repair of tissue and organs without external human direction or control.

The report says sensors would bring them another step closer to becoming cyborgs, hypothetical people with mechanical elements built into their bodies that extend their physical abilities extended beyond human limitations.”

Dark Matter

Edwin Cartlidge shares

“For years, high-energy radiation from space has been teasing scientists with inconclusive hints of dark matter. But a definitive answer may be at hand. A team of physicists says that certain galactic x-rays could be a sign of decaying dark matter, and that an upcoming satellite mission should prove or disprove their claim.”

Space Junk Billionaires?

Robert Ferris shares

“Call it “space debris” or “space junk,” there is enough material floating through space or orbiting the Earth that some companies believe they can build a business around it, according to an article in Nature News. Space debris can be natural, such as meteroids, or human-made, such as old satellites or parts of spacecraft.”

I know what you’re thinking—space junk billionaires!

The Next Space Station

John Wenz shares

“All good things must come to an end, and that’s true even of the International Space Station. The orbital laboratory, which has been remarkable on many levels (including getting the US and Russia to get along, sort of), is set to be decommissioned in 2024. Russia already has plans for its own space station, but the American space program hasn’t put forward anything new.

At a meeting sponsored by the Secure World Foundation and the Alliance for Space Development, though, one solution was proposed: a privately owned or commercial space station, utilizing corporate (rather than national) stakeholders.”

Space Junk Billionaires. Now Space Station Billionaires. I sense the start of a series.

More Star Wars Rumors

The latest rumor about Star Wars: The Force Awakens is that Darth Vader might be resurrected.

Kirsten Acuna shares

“We know Vader is definitely tied to the storyline of “The Force Awakens.” We’ve seen his old, melted helmet in a teaser trailer.
Just how much will Vader be a part of the new “Star Wars” trilogy?

We also know Vader serves as the inspiration for the new villainous Kylo Ren in December’s film, so much so that Ren has been described as “obsessed” with the Dark Lord.

This is where those two ideas merge.

A lot of fans are thinking Kylo Ren wants to resurrect Vader — especially since it seems like he’s after Luke’s lightsaber, which was originally Anakin’s.”

I’m all for this happening. I love me some Darth.

Star Trek Villains

Idris Elba is set to play a villain on Star Trek Beyond. Here are his thoughts…

“Simon [Pegg] and the team have written a very interesting, complex journey for my character. You’ve never seen me play a character like this.”

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Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.

Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.

Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal—survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.

When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?

Buy Now:
On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Releasing-Rage-Cyborg-Sizzle-Book-ebook/dp/B00ZOL1DRO

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SciFi Saturday News – Darth Vader As Martyr?, How To Speak To Aliens, And Baby Stars

By Cynthia Sax on September 19, 2015

I missed last week (due to being offline) so there are a zillion awesome stories I could cover this week. I’m giving you the ones I think will inspire you to write.

More Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teasing

JJ Abrams shares “Could the First Order exist as a group that actually admired the Empire? Could the work of the Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn’t get done?”

Communicating With Aliens

SETI has released a free eBook that deals with the problems, pitfalls, and advancements that we’ve made in the quest to communicate with aliens. If you’re looking for the premise for your next SciFi romance, this eBook is gold!

http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/nasa-releases-free-ebook-about-communicating-with-aliens/

On that topic, scientists want to send modern messages to aliens in space

Dr Jill Stuart, space policy expert at the London School of Economics, shared that (this is a quote from the article, not her) ‘the messages featured on pictorial messages should be carefully thought out before deploying into space. She said that the attitudes of people have significantly changed over the past 40 years.’

The Martian And Space Technology

Folks in the space community are raving about The Martian. Much of the technology currently exists (either in testing or in reality), including the deep-space habitat Matt Damon’s character uses.

Speaking of space technology, Rebecca Burn-Callander has written a fascinating article on four future space technologies that will change the world in our lifetime.

“Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to Australia takes less than an hour.

Picture a future where our understanding of the dawn of time and the fabric of the universe are so sophisticated that time travel becomes more than just theory.

All of these emerging technologies are being worked on right now”

Space Nurseries

On the topic of the dawn of time, a telescope has captured some beautiful images of the Prawn Nebula and some young stars.


First Woman In Space

“Valentina Tereshkova travelled into space in 1963 in a craft programmed to ascend but not descend. This was compounded by the fact she had no toothbrush.” I love this woman.

Getting Drunk In Space

Valentina Tereshkova went to space without a toothbrush. Modern astronauts are testing special drinking glasses. Ballantine’s ‘Space Glass’ is the world’s first whisky glass designed to work in gravity-less conditions.

Who Owns Space?

Dr Jill Stuart, space policy expert at the London School of Economics, had a fascinating lecture on who owns space. If a private corporation discovers and lands on an uninhabited planet, does this company own it? If they mine an asteroid, who owns the minerals?

What SciFi news did you find inspiring this week?

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Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.

Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.

Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal—survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.

When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?

Buy Now:
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SciFi Saturday News – New Star Wars Droid, Hamburgers In Space and Robot Love

By Cynthia Sax on September 5, 2015

I’m deep in the writing cave for the next 10 days, cut off from the SciFi world and completely offline. I wrote this on Thursday. If aliens visited on Friday or that blasted JJ Abrams leaked another teaser for Star Wars over night, that won’t be covered. (grins)

Next week, SciFi Saturday News will be posted two days late, on the Monday, for the same reason.

BB-8 – A New Star Wars Droid

I LOVE R2-D2 so I’m super stoked that Star Wars will introduce a new droid character.

Lucasfilm concept designer Christian Alzmann shares
“J.J. wanted something rolling on a sphere, so I tried a lot of different designs developing that idea. He would give direction on the kinds of shapes to use, and that led to a personality for the droid. Of course, the original sketch had very pleasing, round shapes, so you kind of figured it wasn’t going to be a very serious or angry character. Ultimately, BB-8 developed out of a back-and-forth process with J.J. where he gave feedback on each iteration of the design.”

Robot Love

Speaking of robot love, a Sky News poll found that 15% of British men and 2% of British women would have sex with a robot.

Top academic Dr Helen Driscoll shares “Robophilia may be alien now, but could be normal in the near future as attitudes evolve with technology.”

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Rates Space Movies

My favorite astronaut Chris Hadfield talked about the accuracy of popular space movies. “Gravity made me wince. They changed the laws of physics. The characters were completely wrong.”

Great Views From Space

The Guardian compiled some of the most gorgeous views from the International Space Station. These will inspire any SciFi writer!

Colonies On Mars

“Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin has teamed up with the Florida Institute of Technology with the aim of establishing a human colony on Mars within 25 years.”

Space Hamburger

Astronaut Scott Kelly took a pic of his space hamburger. I hoped it tasted better than it looked!

Star Trek Into Darkness And Underwear Scenes

Alice Eve talked about that infamous underwear scene in Star Trek Into Darkness.

“I’m an educated, independent woman and I decided that would be a fine thing to do and me and J.J. [Abrams] did it and there was nothing underhand or awkward. Then it kind of took on a life of its own. But I don’t think that’s what will remain of that image.”

“I think what will remain is the movie, the power, the fact that its like a Princess Leia moment. The fact that it’s something that’s allowed to be iconic, aside from the male moments being iconic. Yes she’s an intelligent, strong, educated woman who…also has a six-pack.”

What SciFi news inspired you this week?

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Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.

Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.

Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal—survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.

When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?

Buy Now:
On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Releasing-Rage-Cyborg-Sizzle-Book-ebook/dp/B00ZOL1DRO

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SciFi Saturday News – Star Trek’s Marta, Star Wars VII Favorite Characters And More

By Cynthia Sax on August 22, 2015

I always privately track SciFi developments (a requirement for any SciFi erotic romance writer). I was chatting with a reading buddy this week and she mentioned that she’d love to know about them also.

So I’m starting a weekly round up on my blog with some of the SciFi news I found especially interesting.

RIP Yvonne Craig

Others might remember Yvonne Craig as Batgirl. She will always be Marta, the green slave girl on Star Trek to me. A trained ballerina by training, she enthralled Captain Kirk with her sexy dancing. Though it never took much to do that. (grins) Captain Kirk hit it with every female alien he met.

More Star Wars Trailers

OMG I can’t wait until Star Wars – The Force Awakens releases and the studio is killing me slowly with the trailers.

Here’s a link to one…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCc2v7izk8w

You had me at “The Force is strong in my family.”

Favorite Star Wars VII Character

Still on the topic of Star Wars, J.J. Abrams, the director, talked about his favorite character.

“I can only say that Gwendoline Christie is my favorite. She just killed it. You think, “Well, what? It’s wearing a costume.” But it’s a lot to wear and to have a performance when you’re wearing that requires a different kind of skill set and an additional talent, and she’s got it. It’s an incredible thing to work with her. I am glad that a character has been designed that is visually as stunning as that is, because she deserves it and the fans do to. When I first saw that design my mind was blown because it looked so undeniable.”

Did I mention how excited I was about this movie?

Mars Rover Selfies

Curiosity, that playful Mars Rover, has jumped on the selfie trend. His latest photo was taken at Buckskin, one of the rock targets.

As Jonathan Amos shares, “Curiosity manages this smart piece of planetary photography in the same way that any human would take a selfie – by holding a camera at arm’s length and framing its own form.”

Space Elevators

Some crazy Canadians are working on a space elevator.

As Andre Mayer shares, “The classic conception of a space elevator is a giant cable tethered to the Earth’s surface near the equator, with a counterweight out in space beyond geostationary orbit (approximately 36,000 kilometres up).”

On a side note: The inventor of the latest space elevator is kind of cute.

Aurora Borealis From Space

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly snapped some great photos of Aurora Borealis (aka Northern Lights) from the International Space Station.

What SciFi news did you find interesting this week?

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Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.

Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.

Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal—survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.

When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?

Buy Now:
On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Releasing-Rage-Cyborg-Sizzle-Book-ebook/dp/B00ZOL1DRO

On ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-releasingrage-1850041-340.html

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