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It's good to see Harper Collins with a digital-first imprint too. The more the merrier. I had two books published by Pan Macmillan's digital-first imprint, Momentum, last year and have another coming out with them this year. At the same time, I have self-published other novels and short stories. It doesn't have to be one or the other. 
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Yes, see I agree Graham, and I'm really over this tirade from some of the indies about how terrible the publishers are. One of the biggest bloggers shouting about how bad publishers are, actually has a publishing deal with one of the big six and has done so for their last 4 books. So kind makes what they say a moot point.  Congratulations Graham and good selling for your books and your next ones. Thanks for visiting my blog, too.
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How small-minded, petty and despicable can the Australian government be?  Well, they haven't plumbed the depths yet but they're getting there.
$3m pledged by Labor cancelled in move conservationists say is ‘devastating’ to the 100 rhinos still believed to be in the wild
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I've been guest blogging, on the sci-fi blog SFX, about the science of time and how to write time travel stories despite it.
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Admit it, everyone has a favourite.
If you're a true sci-fi nerd, you will have a favourite spaceship. Isn't it time we each got our secret love out into the open?
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OK, the free giveaway of Heaven is a Place on Earth is over, but this near-future sci-fi thriller will continue to be available at a reduced price for some time yet. You can find it at your local Amazon store (e.g. Amazon.com).
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My novel, Heaven is a Place on Earth, a sci-fi thriller about the perils of augmented reality, is still available on Amazon Kindle for FREE. Please help yourself.
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So, augmented reality will be good for creepy stalking, deceit and invading people's privacy. Yeah, I can see how that would appeal to a few douchebags.
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I wonder if they will tell him when to breathe, it is a bit creepy. There's a problem if she lied on her facebook page. But google glass should be on the market this year - heaps of uses for people with disabilities. http://www.divine.vic.gov.au/main-site/tech-talk/assistive-technologies/looking-to-the-future;storyId,12501
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The book comes out on April 1. What do you think?
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To me, the difference that matters between sci-fi and fantasy is that, even when sci-fi uses science or technology that we currently believe to be impossible, there is always the underlying assumption that, in the story's world, it is real science and the technology is based on real science. That is, the studies have been done, the theories have been developed, and the technologies have been derived, in complete accordance with the underlying laws of the physical universe. At no point in a real sci-fi story - no matter how far-fetched the technology - is the reader asked to believe there are supernatural phenomena at work.

Of course, as far as I'm concerned, the closer to real physics it is, the better, but the main point is the assumption that real physics and nothing else, is what makes the universe work. Once you introduce anything supernatural, it stops being sci-fi and becomes fantasy - and it doesn't matter if it's in the far future, on spaceships, or distant planets, supernatural forces are by definition outside of physics and therefore have no place in science fiction.

In fact, I'd go farther still and say that if something we once believed to be a real physical phenomenon, or believed might be real, has been conclusively shown by science to be a false belief, that should not be included in sci-fi either. The best example of this I know is "psi" phenomena (telepathy, telekinesis, clairvoyancy, etc.) which have been well and truly debunked over and over again. Their inclusion in modern sci-fi must therefore count as introducing the supernatural. (However, sci-fi of the fifties, sixties, and even the early seventies, still counts as sci-fi because the question of the reality of these phenomena was still an open scientific question at the time it was written.)
What follows is a list of my favorite occasions where breaking the laws of physics makes science fiction more interesting.
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I think it depends on the story, if it is full of science fiction elements, and then has one fantasy element, then I consider it a science fiction cross-over story. I am writing such a story at the moment. But if it is full of fantasy elements, and has only one or two science fiction elements, than I would consider it a fantasy cross-over story. 

In reference to the guys blog post - with the big epic I was writing and set mostly in space, I tried to stay true to what is possible in science. I had no artificial gravity for the human space ship, its hull had to rotate for gravity, and when they were in a much smaller shuttle they had to strap themselves in. But the aliens had worked out artificial gravity. I really had fun with the ways the humans and the aliens communicate, it's not in in spoken English. The way they communicate helped the plot differentiate itself from plots of other space operas and added to the intrigue and the ability of the humans to deceive the aliens. I used a wormhole to get the crew into distant space too. I never make it clear whether the wormhole were made by some alien race or just part of the fabric of space, because the humans don't know, they have only recently discovered it.
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I know I shouldn't brag, but...
I can hardly believe it myself but True Path, the second book in the Timesplash series, has been shortlisted for an Aurealis Award in the Best Science Fiction Novel category.
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Hehe. As I say, they seem like a good crop this year - and not all of them fantasy this time!  ;-)
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Graham Storrs is a science fiction writer living in the mountains south of Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of the sci-fi thriller, Heaven is a Place on Earth and of the Timesplash series (published by Pan Macmillan/Momentum). You can find his books on your local Amazon store.
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Why I had to Invent a Star Drive | Graham Storrs
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With the technologies we can envisage now, we could get to the next star in a few decades at best (using maser-propelled sails, for example)

Cover Reveal - A New Space Opera Trilogy | Graham Storrs
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The cover of my new novel, Emissaries - first in a new trilogy. This is a first contact, space opera novel and the cover should reflect that

a review of Foresight: Timesplash 3
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"The time machine had to be at Clarke Engineering because that’s where Sandra was, and he knew, with a completely irrational conviction, tha

This Anti-vaxxer children’s book is getting destroyed in Amazon troll ca...
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"Melanie's Marvelous Measles" was written to teach children the "benefits" of having the disease

The Sentience Machine: Out Now | Graham Storrs
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Today sees the release of my latest novel, The Sentience Machine. It's part 2 in the Rik Sylver series and it's an action-packed sci-fi thri

Cover Reveal: The Sentience Machine | Graham Storrs
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The Sentience Machine goes on sale on Feb 2 at all your favourite online book shops. But before that happens, let me show you what it will l

Wisdom | Graham Storrs
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If you're on social media these days, a large proportion of what you see there purports to be wisdom. You know, the kind of thing that finds

The Sentience Machine is Coming | Graham Storrs
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A teaser for the second book in the Rik Sylver series: The Sentience Machine.

Try Sci-fi 365 | Graham Storrs
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I'm recommending sci-fi book recommendation service scifi365.net

Time Travel and the Problem of Paradoxes
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Graham Storrs joins us on the blog to discuss all things TIME TRAVEL. “Paradox is the poisonous flower of quietism, the iridescent surface o

Foresight: Timesplash 3
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Jay and Sandra are back fighting to save a world on the edge of destruction.

Cover Reveal – Foresight: Timesplash 3 by Graham Storrs
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Jay and Sandra are back—fighting to save a world on the edge of destruction. In the middle of a bizarre global catastrophe that looks suspic

FOCUS FUSION: emPOWERtheWORLD
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Focus Fusion will be the first pollution-free source of energy that is clean, safe and affordable. Help us change the world for future gener

'Indonesia's deforestation is a disaster for the planet' - audio slideshow
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Award-winning Hong Kong photographer and photojournalist Paul Hilton's latest series of images looks at the impact of deforestation on Indon

Julie Bishop axes funding earmarked to save endangered Sumatran rhinoceros
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$3m pledged by Labor cancelled in move conservationists say is ‘devastating’ to the 100 rhinos still believed to be in the wild

GUEST BLOG How To Write Time Travel Fiction | SFX
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Writing time travel stories despite modern physics? "Fudge it or fake it," says author Graham Storrs

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Performance Anxiety - A guest blog by Graham Storrs
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Performance Anxiety by Graham Storrs Here's something no-one ever told me about being a writer: it's like being an improv comedian. When I s

Review of True Path, by Graham Storrs.
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True Path is either a techno-thriller or a science-fiction thriller, depending on the reader. Whatever label chosen, technology, in the form