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Valentine’s Day – Sweetie or Geeky?

Just about everyone in the US is familiar with Valentine’s Day, celebrated worldwide on February 14, but few know the scientific achievements that share the same date….

Which Sci-Fi Books Inspired the Iconic Apple iPod, iPad and Earbuds?

In celebration of National iPod Day (October 23) and the anniversary of its first sale (November 10), we looked to see how sci-fi authors predicted and set the course of events for the Apple iPod, iPad, earbuds and similar products.

Illustrators of the Future 1st Quarter 2017 Winners

Illustrators of the Future Contest – 3rd Quarter 2017 Winners

The judging results are in! And here are the winners for the Illustrators of the Future Contest – 3rd Quarter 2017

Writer Winners - 1st Quarter

Writers of the Future Contest – 3rd Quarter 2017 Winners

The judging results are in! Here are the 3rd Quarter 2017 Writers of the Future Contest winners. Congratulations to you all!

Science Fiction in the classroom

Can Sci Fi Novels Help Motivate STEM Learning?

Science fiction is often unfairly compared with fantasy books for educational uses. This is a weak analogy because the two genres are so very different. The two are only related in that they both fall under a larger genre known as speculative fiction and are found in the same section in bookstores.

Ray Bradbury, A.E. van Vogt and Jack Williamson

Conspiracy for a Better World Snapshot: A.E. van Vogt

Battlefield Earth was dedicated by L. Ron Hubbard to Robert A. Heinlein, A. E. van Vogt, John W. Campbell, Jr. and “all the merry crew,” a list of over 80 names! Hubbard states, “They are all worth rereading, every one.” This blog is to help shed some light on A.E. van Vogt’s contribution to that “golden age of science fiction.”

Frank Herbert

Single Most Important Piece of Advice by Frank Herbert

The very last article that Frank Herbert wrote before his passing in February of 1986 was writing advice to contestants of this very contest. His article appeared in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume II. Advice that is just as applicable today as when it was written.

Orson Scott Card

Are We at the End of Science Fiction?

In 2006, Writers of the Future judge Orson Scott Card addressed a very simple if not vital question which was published in Writers of the Future Volume 22. These aren’t the best of times for science fiction.

Conspiracy for a Better World Snapshot: John W. Campbell, Jr.

This is next in my series on L. Ron Hubbard’s dedication in Battlefield Earth to “all the merry crew” of what became known as America’s Golden Age of Science Fiction. And as Hubbard stated, “They are all worth rereading, every one.” And one prominent name is John W. Campbell, Jr.

Writer Winners - 1st Quarter

Writers of the Future 2nd Quarter 2017 Winners

The judging results are in! Here are the 2nd Quarter 2017 Writers of the Future Contest winners. Congratulations to you all!