Are you a fan of Science Fiction? Like writing about future worlds, advanced technology, and the possibility of alien life? Spend some time with Isaac Arthur, host of a very prolific series of videos on YouTube, where he discusses all aspects of space and future science. His videos are quite in-depth (each video runs around 35-45 minutes), and he spends a lot of time pulling the subject apart and building it up from the basics. These videos are great for the layperson and the scientist alike.

I'm a big fan of world-building, and these videos are a great source of inspiration for me.

In the following video, discusses the concept of Ecumenopolises, cities which span entire planets.

(also, try to ignore his speech impediment)


  Creating Iconic Covers

If you're struggling with cover art for your book, you should read this article. Things have changed since Amazon and other online bookstores began selling. Now, with the majority of books are sold based on a tiny thumbnail image, it's all about how to attract the reader's attention from 100 feet.

Hugh Howey, author of Wool, talks about his own covers and the problems he's faced as an indie author. He's also got some interesting tips on how to break out of the pack with cover art innovation.

It used to be said that great cover art becomes iconic over time. I can think of a dozen or so covers that I can still pick out from a thousand paces. When I first saw the red cover for WOOL that Random House came up with, I had that sort of feeling about it. There had never been a cover quite like that. It would stand out. Be instantly recognizable. I loved it.


It's the grabbiness at a distance that works. But more importantly these days, it's the grabbiness at a tiny size. More than half of print books are now purchased online, which means what you put on the back of the jacket, or the inside flap, or how detailed your artwork is, has all become less relevant. These days, cover art needs to be not so much iconic as icon. We need to think about them as little clickable buttons. For design ideas, it's time to start looking at our desktops rather than bookstore shelves.

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  Banned book: Wool

If you've not read Wool by Hugh Howey, you may want to get on it. Yes, a large omnibus of dystopian science-fiction may be a daunting task, but the rewards are worth it.

Remember that Howey is an example of a self- indie-published author who made it big. For that, his books are worth studying. Also, they're pretty fun to read.

The Earth is no longer capable of sustaining life. Humanity clings onto survival in a giant silo hundreds of stories deep underground. People live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sensors outside are their only means of seeing the outside world and, because of the constant clouds of filth beating down on these sensors, a selected cleaner is sent to scrub away the grime. But the suit the cleaner is sent out in is not capable of returning the user and the cleaner is left to die.

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  Why's a Meter a Meter?

A very interesting video from SciShow. Apparently, the definition of a metre/meter has been updated through the years because science.


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Another awesome video from Kurzgesagt. Makes you feel big and significant, doesn't it?


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    If you've not read Wool by Hugh Howey, you may want to get on it. Yes, a large omnibus of dystopian science-fiction may be a...

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