The Tempest
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by pcawdron
3M ago
The Tempest launched last week and has been sitting at #1 in New Releases for Hard Science Fiction. It’s an obscure sub-genre, to be sure, but it’s still humbling to see readers are interested in a Shakespearean tragedy in space. I took several sections of dialogue from the original play and worked them into the story, updating the language but retaining the heart and meaning, making this quite a fascinating novel to develop. The Tempest was written in homage to Shakespeare’s play and the 1950s classic Forbidden Planet, which was also loosely based on Shakespeare.  Forbidden Pl ..read more
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A storm is coming…
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by pcawdron
4M ago
My latest novel The Tempest launches on November 4th this year and is available now for preorder! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BHL8ZZKW/ Synopsis: Marc and Emma are on the graveyard shift onboard the Sycorax, an interstellar spacecraft bound for New Haven, a colony world fifty light years from Earth. Eighteen thousand colonists lie in suspended animation, awaiting a new life around another star. For the crew of the Sycorax, interstellar flight is boring—that is until they run into a tempest. Before long, they find themselves on a crippled spacecraft falling in toward a black hole, but ..read more
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After the Afterword
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by pcawdron
9M ago
My latest novel, Clowns, is a rather different take on First Contact with an extraterrestrial species. The central conceit is—What would an alien civilization think about our level of intelligence? We may have landed rovers on Mars, walked on the Moon, and invented astonishingly complex, fast and compact computers, but are those really a measure of intelligence? They’re certainly not a measure of my intelligence. I get the benefit of them but I couldn’t build them. Ask yourself this—how does a toilet work? Toilets are simple enough. We use them several times a day. There’s a cistern holding w ..read more
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Forget about Hollywood
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by pcawdron
10M ago
Have you ever wondered what First Contact will be like with an extraterrestrial species? Does Hollywood get it right? I was privileged to work with Arvin Ash on a video exploring this concept. He delves into some really interesting science and science-fiction angles. Fans of my novels will notice points taken from Galactic Exploration, Xenophobia, 3zekiel, Wherever Seeds May Fall and my upcoming novel Generation of Vipers ..read more
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Behind-the-scenes
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by pcawdron
10M ago
My daughter Sarah is studying film and fine arts at university. For her final project, she had to put together a book trailer, so she settled on a novel I wrote for her in 2015 called What We Left Behind. Sarah’s always been a big Walking Dead fan, so I penned this zombie novel and it won a Kindle Scout award. Seeing her and her university team bringing it to life, though, has been astonishing. Their passion and enthusiasm is refreshing. The final cut will even have an original music score! Once the trailer is complete, we’ll put it in front of a few producers and see what happens from there ..read more
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Postmarked from the Stars
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by pcawdron
10M ago
I love talking about science and science fiction. As much as possible, I try to base my novels around actual scientific concepts and weave in ideas from biology, physics and astronomy but it’s rare I get to talk about the inspiration in detail. If you’re interested in hearing a little behind-the-scenes on my novels 3zekiel and Cold Eyes, be sure to check out my interview on Postmarked from the Stars—it was a lot of fun ..read more
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UFOs and UAPs
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by pcawdron
10M ago
Are there UFOs? Yes, there are flying objects we can’t easily identify. Are they alien? Not so fast. Aliens is one possibility, but it’s not the only possibility and shouldn’t be our first choice when considering an unknown phenomenon. We humans have a long history of jumping to conclusions. For thousands of years, this resulted in superstitions and traditions that lead to bizarre beliefs. To this day, people avoid black cats, think bad luck comes in threes, and avoid anything with the number 13. As irrational is these sentiments are, they’re persistent. Science has given us the means of remov ..read more
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Tom Petty was right—we’re free falling
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by pcawdron
10M ago
Everything everywhere in the universe is falling—even you. You might think you’re sitting on a chair, reading this article, but you’re not. You’re falling toward the center of Earth. It’s just that you have no distance left to fall. This creates the illusion of being still. If everything everywhere in the universe is falling then nothing is still. Not even you on your chair.  Being stationary is an illusion. It’s a convenient one, but it’s like a magician’s trick, it hides reality from us. Einstein proposed that gravity is the warping or distorting of spacetime by a massive object. The co ..read more
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Chariot of the Gods?
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by pcawdron
10M ago
As a science fiction writer that’s penned 17 novels about First Contact, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more interested in the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence than me, but I’ll tell you ʻOumuamua is not alien. In October 2017, Robert Weryk used the Pan-STARRS telescope at Haleakalā Observatory, Hawaii to observe the first indisputable extra-solar object to enter our solar system. He called it 1I/2017 U1 ʻOumuamua, which is Hawaiian for ‘scout,’ meaning ‘reaching out in advance.’ This is what he saw. Yep. That’s it. That’s ʻOumuamua. Every other im ..read more
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Top Ten First Contact Novels
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by pcawdron
10M ago
With the release of my latest First Contact novel, Wherever Seeds May Fall, on January 22, I thought it would be interesting to look at the Top Ten First Contact novels. I’ve tried to work in a few outsiders amidst the predictable classics of the genre. SPOILER ALERT: Rather than discussing the novels in what amounts to a broad outline akin to a synopsis, I’ll be talking about why they make the list, which may involve spoilers but is far more interesting. 10: Pushing Ice Alistair Reynold’s Pushing Ice is a novel in three distinctly separate acts. In essence, an ice hauler is sent to investigat ..read more
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