science fiction

Disappointed with spaceship progress

I simply don’t like the spaceship piece that I am developing. It does not meet with my initial expectations. Here it is so far: I am currently contemplating some wisps or tendrils of space gases floating around it. Not sure. Just don’t like it and am feeling very disappointed. This said, I have learnt an awful lot. Maybe my next craft will be better. Thanks for reading. Greg 0

Whose space ship decoration style am I trying to imitate?

        Spent two hours today slowly… ever so slowly… decorating my spaceship. Have not got too far, but wondered how many of you out there can guess the artist who is my source of inspiration for this work. As a clue, he’s a spaceship artist whose work has covered several science fiction books over several decades. He has a fairly unique style in my opinion – one that

Halt there spaceman!

Hi all, Today I discovered an absolutely brilliant video tutorial on using Photoshop to create a space scene. It was so good that I just had to share it with you all. You can find it on YouTube at: As you can see, it is only 11 minutes long. I learnt soooooo much. So I have used the knowledge that it imparted to create a scene and then added a

Thanks plus goals for this blog in 2015

Thanks Firstly a big thanks to everyone who follows or reads this blog. An even bigger thanks to those special few who have chosen to leave comments! To be honest, I really did not expect much interest. So imagine the surprise that I feel knowing that since establishing this blog in July I have had 1,214 views.  In December alone I have had 487 views and 254 visitors. My YouTube channel is also

Creating the cover of my novel - Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Making my own book cover

Whoever said that you should not judge a book by its cover was obviously swimming against the tide. Judging a book by its cover is precisely what most people do. You only need to stand in a book shop (you remember book shops don’t you?) and watch people browse. The books with the great covers are constantly being examined. Anyway, I wanted a great cover. And I wanted it as

Writing my own gestalt-sentient beings

In the mid-1990s I read a book with an idea that captured my imagination. In Verner Vinge’s “A Fire Upon the Deep” I read of a canine gestalt-sentient species called the Tine. A gestalt-sentient species, as portrayed in that novel, was one that had a sort of group mind or group consciousness. So an “individual” might be made up of five or six beings who shared a consciousness. What really