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[GUEST POST] Kristi Helvig on How Astrophysics Informed BURN OUT

Kristi Helvig is a Ph.D. clinical psychologist turned sci-fi/fantasy author. She muses about Star Trek, space monkeys, and other assorted topics on her blog and Twitter. Kristi resides in sunny Colorado with her hubby, two kiddos, and behaviorally-challenged dogs. Grab a copy of BURN OUT on Amazon, Indiebound, or Barnes & Noble.

How Astrophysics Informed BURN OUT

by Kristi Helvig

My debut sci-fi novel BURN OUT focuses on one of Earth’s last survivors when our sun becomes a red giant after it starts to burn out way ahead of schedule. The entire premise came about while watching an astrophysics documentary and I was riveted by what our world would eventually look like. That same week, the temperature in my hometown of Denver skyrocketed to one hundred and five, and I could easily imagined a scorched, dead Earth. I just needed the sun burning out to happen sooner than predicted for the purposes of my story.
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