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Artwork taken from a new children's book inspiring young minds about the possibility of life on other worlds.
In a new book, author David Aguilar engages young readers in a discussion about alien life. Here are some of the alien creatures.
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This new YouTube show looks interesting. It features a flying ball of hatred and self-doubt called Gruntor.
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Is morality a prerequisite for any advanced civilization, even an alien one?
I'd be interested to know what people think of this. I'm not sure I agree with the article's hypothesis, even though I wrote it. Most humans are moral hypocrites, so doesn't that make morality worthless?
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Two concepts that might help: first, I am convinced that binary creatures capable of a future tense would be hard pressed not to know right from wrong.  Secondly, look into Robert Ricklefs' Hawk vs dove game theory.  Your life forms seem to be of the hawk type.  

http://books.google.com/books?id=nqFLjZLwKxIC&pg=PA191&lpg=PA191&dq=robert+ricklefs+hawk+dove&source=bl&ots=_E8ftFqWBs&sig=EX1PXOjk83R1celk_gyFkXb--Ng&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7JcnUri8EZX64AOhioGQDw&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=robert%20ricklefs%20hawk%20dove&f=false
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Got an idea for an alien species? This competition is a great way to get creative and share your ideas (and potentially win a prize too)
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Got an idea for an alien species? This competition is a great way to get creative and share your ideas (and maybe win a prize too)
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I was quite intrigued by this competition entry, but I'm curious to know what other people think...
http://www.scifiideas.com/sfi/alien-ideas/alien-profile-the-void-people/
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New sci-fi story idea on the SciFi Ideas website
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Sorry. Didn't realize.
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Need some inspiration for short stories?
I've started a new feature on the SciFi Ideas website called "Starting Point". Every week I post a picture and a snippet of prose to get your imaginative juices flowing. What happens next is up to you!
Ideas and inspiration for science fiction writers
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Listen to my brother and I ramble about worldbuilding, alternate history, and space guns
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Anybody up for a quick sci-fi writing challenge?
I probably should have shared this here sooner. The competition closes on Friday (30th August), but there's still time to submit a winning entry and win that fantastic mug!
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+Mark Ball obviously I'm late, but I wrote it. Guess I'm not eligible, so posting in the stream. Thx for the idea! Peace & love!
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Hi all,
I run a website called SciFi Ideas, which aims to provide ideas and inspiration to sci-fi writers.
This month I'm running a special event called Alien August. There's a competition to come up with new alien species, and I'm on the look out for guest articles too. Get in touch if you're interested!
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Oh, and of course you can use any guest articles or competition entries to link back to your website or book
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Got an idea for an alien species? This competition is a great way to get creative and share your ideas (and maybe win a prize too)
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