Can Galactic Empires Exist Without Faster-Than-Light Travel?

My newest science fiction novel, Lockstep, was recently serialized in Analog magazine. Reactions have been pretty favourable — except that I've managed to offend a small but vocal group of readers. They're outraged that I've written an SF story in which faster than light travel is impossible. » 3/31/14 4:00pm 3/31/14 4:00pm

The Science of Inspiration (and How to Make It Work for You)

Inspiration is fickle and difficult. We all strive for those bright "Aha!" moments, whether we work in a creative or logical field. While it's not a process you can control entirely, there are ways to enable and encourage your brain to have more of those epiphanies when you understand how they work. » 11/20/13 9:41am 11/20/13 9:41am

The Right Way and Wrong Way to Let Your Mind Wander

We've all heard stories of inspiration striking out of the blue. It seems as though the moment your mind wanders, ideas and answers spring out of the void. Sometimes you can think about a problem logically for hours, without getting anywhere — but as soon as you "zone out," a clever solution pops into your head. » 8/09/12 3:14pm 8/09/12 3:14pm

Five Embodied Metaphors That Actually Foster Creative Thinking

People often describe creative thinking in the form of metaphors. We talk about "thinking outside the box," "putting two and two together," and "seeing both sides of the problem." But what if we could boost our creativity by taking these metaphors literally? We know our minds interact in all sorts of interesting ways with… » 4/27/12 7:20am 4/27/12 7:20am

And now, Monty Python's John Cleese on the origins of creativity

This lecture may be from 1991, but the topic is timeless, the discussion is lucid, and it's all delivered by Basil Fawlty himself. Here's 36 minutes of John Cleese discussing the psychology of being creative. Listen to one of the funniest fellows alive talk seriously about how to become more creative, how to spitball… » 4/09/12 8:45am 4/09/12 8:45am

The makers of The Sagan Series bring you The Feynman Series

Many of you are probably familiar with The Sagan Series, a collection of videos that pays tribute to the inspirational words of astrophysics-giant Carl Sagan. (And if you're not familiar with the series, you owe it to yourself to check it out immediately, starting with this emotionally stirring first installment). » 10/03/11 11:55am 10/03/11 11:55am

Should scifi lovers be forbidden from writing scifi?

A new article in Entertainment Weekly asks whether the dearth of non-franchise science fiction movies and non-reboot TV shows means that science fiction needs a heart transplant. Author Mark Harris gets it right when he blames scifi's troubles on the fact that scifi fans and creators are too worshipful and nostalgic… » 1/04/08 9:45am 1/04/08 9:45am