Category: Space

Review: Nick Lake’s realistic YA science fiction SATELLITE

Review: Nick Lake’s realistic YA science fiction SATELLITE

[ 0 ] October 20, 2017 |

I was not going to bypass a story pitched as THE MARTIAN for teens, and SATELLITE fills its brief fabulously: you won’t be disappointed if you come looking for realistic space-exploration science. But this book delivered lots, lots more…so much that I’m planning to read it again. SATELLITE follows 15-year-old Leo Freeman, one of the […]

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Your manuscript: build the world and let it go

Your manuscript: build the world and let it go

[ 5 ] July 16, 2015 |

I’m girding my loins for something many of my SCBWI friends already know well: the ordeal of submitting a finished manuscript to childrens’ literary agents. I’ve been here before, including with an early draft of the not-bad-but-could-be-more-sparkly science fiction novel I’m about to do the rounds with again. That experience last autumn was an eye-opener […]

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Moving to Mars: it’s life, but not as we know it

Moving to Mars: it’s life, but not as we know it

May 21, 2013 |

Earlier this year I was lucky to meet Bas Lansdorp, Dutch entrepreneur behind the MarsOne project to establish a permanent colony of human settlers on Mars. He was delighted that, in a lecture theatre full of Edinburgh Science Festival-goers, dozens of volunteer settlers kept their hands raised, even after he clarified that it was a […]

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How NASA sent my question about kids’ books to space

How NASA sent my question about kids’ books to space

[ 0 ] February 24, 2013 |

When not writing kids’ sci-fi, my day job is to help organisations use social media more effectively. I have to say, the way NASA and its international space agency partners use social media is teeth-chattering impressive – and I’m not just saying that because I got to participate in their most recent social media outreach […]

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Review: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce 2008

Review: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce 2008

[ 0 ] February 11, 2013 |

I’m doing a grand tour of all the best writing in my own novel’s age range, and Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Walden Pond Press/Harper Collins Children’s) is my favourite so far. The story opens with 12-year-old Liam trapped in a rocket that’s spun out-of-control beyond earth orbit. It uses the well-established diary device to […]

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Remember the space age?

Remember the space age?

[ 0 ] January 31, 2013 |

Yes, I have a soft spot for all things retro NASA. This startling vintage footage, the Apollo 16 lunar rover “Grand Prix,” is another reason I write science fiction for 9 to 11’s.

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What astronauts do

What astronauts do

[ 0 ] January 29, 2013 |

I came across this image on the NASA archives – these are the three crew members who died when a fire broke out in the Apollo 1 capsule. From left to right they were veteran astronaut Gus Grissom, first American spacewalker Ed White and rookie Roger Chaffee.

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