Interactions between terrestrial and alien biology

In this article we speculate wildly about the ways terrestrial and alien biology could interact. In other words I’m going to tell you why almost every sci-fi plot that has ever invoked the term “DNA” was impossible, and then I’m going to try and suggest some ways you can fudge the issue.

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Heroic interventions – What medicine can do in the face of the unknown

Today we look at what real doctors might be able to do in the face of made up injuries, look inside for your maguffin free guide to cruel and unusual trauma care.

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Medical Tropes – How to shoot your characters without killing them

In our first article discussing common medical tropes, we look at some of the considerations you may wish to be aware of before subjecting your characters to gunfire.

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Stats 4 – Assumptions, the root of all applicable evil

Today on “Stats” – Talking about data, and assumptions, otherwise known as “that stuff you’d already screwed up before you did the maths”

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Softer Science – Ten tips for writing “soft” science fiction

Ten more writing tips, as with mondays article. This time we focus on the “softer” side of science fiction.

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The Hard Stuff – Ten tips for writing “hard” science fiction

In which I make some random observations about writing “hard” science fiction.

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Stats 3 – That stuff you hated in school

Today in our ongoing series of article talking about stats and data analysis. The classic homework favorites, mean, median and mode. Ever wanted to know why you had to learn about these in school? Yeah, I got nothing, either.

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Stats 2 – What are statistics, and what did they ever do for me?

Asking the questions, why stats are important, and why you need to learn about this stuff?

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Stats 1 – An astonishingly useful guide to data analysis for people that don’t like maths

A somewhat concise guide to everything you probably realized you need to know about stats but were insufficiently motivated to find out about until you really had to.

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Common Tropes I – Building a better Alien invasion

In todays article we start our series about common cinematic tropes with one of the current flavours of the month, the alien invasion. We examine what might happen, and the factors that might give your characters a chance to fight back.

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