Research by a Martian colonization enthusiast

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Bioshock

When I was a kid, I dreamed about space adventures. I knew: by the time I grew up, humanity would have reached other planets, and I would be a scout among stars.

For years I watched hopelessly how people spent money and effort on anything but space exploration. I almost gave up. Then, Elon Musk appeared. He gave me — and thousands of other dreamers — a feeling that we still might see human feet touching the red dust of Mars.

The feeling is not enough. I needed proof. …


Why after 10 months we are still in the middle of a pandemic

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Photo by Macau Photo Agency on Unsplash

21 days to flatten the curve.

Stay home, save lives.

Wear a mask, or billions of people will die.

It’s the new normal.

When in March 2020 California government introduced the first shelter-in-place order, no one could imagine we would not get our usual lives back till the end of the year. Even now, as the vaccine is around the corner, we cannot be sure the state of things would become normal. During these ten months, the pandemic went through its ups and downs but never gave up. In my county, we’ve worn masks, kept social distancing, left home only…


(Fiction)

A story about what happens when quarantine lasts for four years.

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Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash

“Japanese Scientists Made a Breakthrough in PHLEVID-41 Vaccine Development. The vaccine would be on the market by the end of the year, sources say.”

Stark chuckled as he scrolled the newsfeed. They promised a cure every February in the past four years. Did anyone still believe it was possible?

But there are gullible people, all right. Look at this headline. “Six dead and ten infected after the homecoming party in Orange County.” Were four years not enough to learn the lesson?


9 tips that will push your writing limits

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Photo by BBH Singapore on Unsplash

Every November, dozens of thousands of people participate in a peculiar contest. They write 50 000 (fifty thousand) words in their novel. Only 18% survive and can proudly call themselves Nanowrimo winners. I’m honored to be one of them, but if anyone had told me in October that I was bound to win, I would have laughed at their face.

At this ancient time, I considered myself happy if I wrote 800 words in a day. I knew that some people could do 10 000, but for me it was like, some people could do 32 fouettés, so what?

I…


Useful tips for sci-fi/fantasy authors

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Photo by AbsolutVision on Unsplash

More than two thousand years ago a bearded white guy developed the most fascinating textbook for literature demiurges. Dozens of philosophy schools, Christian religion included, were based on Plato’s casual dialogues.

You might say: “Nooo, this is too boring! I don’t have time, I have to do my writing!” That’s okay. You do not need to read “The Republic”: I did it for you. In this article, I’ll share 5 ideas from “The Republic” which strike me as a fantasy writer and show how you can use them to develop your worlds.

1. The singleton


Archetypal paths of four major characters: Bran, Jon, Sansa, and Daenerys

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Photo courtesy: Global Panorama @ Flickr

The last episode of the last season of Game of Thrones was released on May 19, but many fans still feel the pain. No matter how many Emmys the season is about to get, most of us can’t forgive the writers for the way it ended. Bran the Sage rules Westeros, Sansa the Fool gets her North crown, Jon the Warrior is disposed behind the Wall, and Daenerys the Mother is dead.

That hurts.

This is also the most logical ending “The Game of Thrones” could get.

Let me explain why.

Armed with the Jungian theory of Archetypes, I’ll analyze…


3 tricks I learned from ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Writer’s Journey’

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Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash

My characters suck.

They suck in life. They’re losers. The cruel author gives them hope and takes it away in no time. All their victories turn false, they stand up only to fall again, and they always struggle to reach what they think they want when what they truly need is not even in sight.

From time to time, I’ll throw them pieces of luck, small victories, bright moments. They won’t survive otherwise.

My characters suck, but they alive. They’re real.

My characters suck, but they’re alive. They’re real.

That was not always true.

They used to be flat. Dull…


3 types of ocean colonies and how they will help us survive

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Courtesy of DC Comics

If you play video games, read science fiction, or watch futuristic blockbusters, you can remember a dozen submarine habitats. Gleaming skyscrapers and glass tubs of the “Bioshock” Rapture are one way to represent an ocean colony; pseudo-antic cathedrals and palaces of “Aquaman” Atlantis are another. What about reality?

If you doubt we will get an ocean colony soon, please read my article “7 Reasons We Should Colonize Oceans instead of Mars”. …


Get an unending flow of ideas

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Imagine your typical workday. You’re deep in your routine tasks, the third mug of coffee cools down on your desk, multicolor stickers pepper your monitor, and your email is so messy you’re afraid to peek inside. In the middle of a phone call with one more dissatisfied client, your boss shows up. Smiling like Santa Clause, she announces your company needs an idea. A brilliant one. A scheme which will save everyone from a terrible crush.

You attempt to hide under your desk. Your boss promptly invites you to a brainstorm session which will take place right now.

Two pizzas…

Ella Ananeva

A published writer of speculative fiction sharing thoughts about who we are, where we are going, and why any of this happens.

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