Tag Archives: Current Research

Research: Futuristic Weaponry: Railguns, Coil Guns, and Mass Drivers

Every Saturday, I offer insight about my current research, or answer reader-submitted questions. Today I examine the possibilities for future weaponry.

One challenge writing science fiction is depicting interesting, far-future devices that nevertheless remain realistic.

One quick aside: People who think that all science fiction is by definition “unrealistic” are idiots (Carlos Mencia included). “Realistic” and “real” do not mean the same thing. “Real” means a thing exists or happened. “Realistic” means a thing could exist or could happen.

This means that fantasy and science fiction must follow their own rules. Read More →

Research: Understanding war crimes and soldier loyalty.

Every Saturday, I offer insight about my current research, or answer reader-submitted questions.

The opening scene of Music of the Spheres presents a soldier ordered to perform a despicable act: Slaying an infant.

Such an order would not be tolerated by American soldiers. I have several friends in the armed forces, and I know their integrity is such they would not obey this order. They are the most upstanding and honorable individuals I know. Read More →