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"Humans are not terribly interesting. They are only made so by their proximity to science and discovery."
We love compelling characters and stories. We also like compelling and thoughtful science. We want Science Fiction that is rooted in fact. Most of the people who submit to us are not scientists or technologists. So the science doesn't have to be completely accurate. We want stories where people explore what may be possible based on what we already know to be possible. As an example, propulsion is one of those concepts that is always hotly debated in the science hobbyist communities and science fiction communities. There are several methods of theoretical propulsion being studied at the moment. A story that involves one of these systems with the concept built out for use in the future. We don't need a white paper explaining how civilization arrived at this point, but it could be intriguing to see how the author imagined current scientific limitations were overcome to create an effective propulsion system.
We reject the idea that character development and scientific exposition are mutually exclusive. We embrace the idea that characters should be developed in relationship to the concepts being discussed. How does the crisis or discovery at hand impact the main character? How does it impact or change the civilization from which the character derives? How does the character's reaction to these concepts drive the concept and the story? How does the character's evolution impact the concept?
We do accept SOME Fantasy stories but our primary objective is to explore literary Science Fiction. Preference will be given to the latter.
What we want:
Stories about interesting science and technological concepts and people.
Rigorously researched concepts
Interaction between characters and concepts that explore the mutual impact of humanity and science on one another.
What we don't want:
Science as merely a backdrop
Stories where the science is in no way explained.
Sword and Sorcery
Abbas Phone Home stories
The grav drive formed a concave disc that tugged at her. She wanted to vomit.
It began emitting an electrical buzzing noise that started slow and meandering like a small insect flying in and out of her audible range. The tugging gained a rhythm and a pulsing. There was a simultaneous pushing and pulling and the very air around her seemed to organize itself in strange ways. The ship had another localized Hulse field generator, designed to counteract the inertia of being pulled through space by the ship’s propulsion. The two systems were synchronized but the infinitesimal gap between the ship's acceleration and the cabins compensation created the unpleasant tugging sensation. Once they were at 1g acceleration, the tugging became less pronounced but Ratama was already anxious when she boarded.
The Two Johns review Martha Wells' "Rogue Protocol" from the Murderbot series. They also discuss rapid-fire publishing and the impact of self-publishing on the Science Fiction market.
The Two John's review "Thousand Year Beach" by Tobi Hirotaka and have a brief discussion about the impact of self-publishing on Science Fiction.
This week The Two Johns have nothing but Science Facts for us, including 40,000-year-old worms, spiders that use electricity to balloon, fruit flies that learn language, and more!