ChrisAir Reviews “The Mermaid Astronaut”

“The Mermaid Astronaut” is a delightful mix of The Little Mermaid and Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Semley’s Necklace”. Its main character, Essarala, is unsurprisingly a mermaid who becomes a crew member of a spaceship. At its core, the story explores the interaction between personal ambition and its consequences, both wonderful and tragic.

Science Writing Commentary: Techniques of Plot

Science Writing Commentaries are the second of two-part Method & Commentary posts. I choose an excellent example of published science writing in which I identify and explain one of the techniques that makes the piece successful. The first post examines the Method, wherein I select and analyze the techniques I will focus on in theContinue reading “Science Writing Commentary: Techniques of Plot”

Technological Gap: Alien Invasion

Sci-Fi Fridays: Speculative SF musings… “This subject dovetails off from last week’s flash fiction post (with new art by Benjamin Specklin). The mysterious antagonists I had in mind for this story were aliens who…”

ChrisAir reviews “A Guide for Working Breeds”

The chat-log narrative format of Vina Jie-Min Prasad’s “A Guide for Working Breeds” delivers a slice-of-life story about two robot chassis who slowly get to know each other.

Science Writing Method: Techniques of Plot

Science Writing Commentaries are two-part posts. I choose a superb example of published science writing, and identify one technique used by its writer that makes the piece so successful. The first post examines the Method, that is to say the techniques which I will focus on. The second post is the Commentary, and demonstrates howContinue reading “Science Writing Method: Techniques of Plot”

ChrisAir Reviews “Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse”

Rae Carson’s “Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse” is a story not only about badass moms, but becoming badass moms during a zombie apocalypse. No misdirection here.