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Starcharts, starcharts, my kingdom for good starsharts!

As my wife will certainly attest to, I'm a bit particular about details in my stories. For example, there's an opening scene in Outsystem where Tanis switches her rifle to fire a proton beam to destroy an enemy position. While it seems like a tiny bit of minutia, I did many hours of research to determine that most theoretical energy weapons deliver beams of either photons or electrons. These deliver their destructive power in the form of pure energy creating heat, or energy and a little bit of kinetic impact (in the case of electrons--though those mostly just emit more photons at the point...

Human Culture Amongst the Stars

One of the great things about writing science fiction is that it can contain most other genres. You can have romance, drama, horror, suspense, even fantasy and westerns can be wrapped up in sci-fi. Even better you have the option to explore diverse cultures and ideas within the genre because infinite worlds means that there are infinite scenarios....