Why would aliens come all this way just to invade Earth?

In movies, when aliens invade our planet, they usually have a ludicrous motivation. Like, they're after our water. Or our gold. (Hint: Asteroids have gold.) Space travel is incredibly difficult and expensive — so why would aliens actually bother to come and invade us? We asked some experts for reasons that actually… » 5/02/13 1:30pm 5/02/13 1:30pm

How to Write a Killer Space Adventure Without Breaking the Speed of…

Is it possible to have a wild, exciting space adventure without resorting to magic? Or is there just no way to imagine conquering the vastness of the cosmos without warp drives, hyperspace, miraculous shielding and other fancy devices? » 9/17/12 11:48am 9/17/12 11:48am

One Of Your Crucial Characters Isn't Working. What Do You Do?

Your awesome novel is firing on all thrusters... except one. A major character, who's important to the story, isn't clicking. She's dull, or he doesn't play well with others. We asked some great authors what to do about this quandary. » 11/19/09 5:17pm 11/19/09 5:17pm

Introducing Darth "Your Name Here"

Authors Sean Williams and Karen Miller are auctioning off a "walk-on role" in their next Star Wars novels, with the proceeds to benefit Australian brushfires victims. You could be enshrined in Expanded-Universe continuity! [Karen Miller] » 4/17/09 7:30am 4/17/09 7:30am

Posthuman Stories Are Creation Myths Turned Upside Down

Sean Williams, whose Mieville-esque epic fantasy The Crooked Letter combines all the world's religions into one Darwinian package (and is available as a free download) explains how religious creation myths mirror the posthuman narrative. » 3/05/09 11:16am 3/05/09 11:16am