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[GUEST POST] How Playing A Video Game Helped Malcolm Cross Learn And Write About The Wonders of Life Without Gravity


Malcolm Cross is the author of Orbital Decay which is available now as part of the Journal of the Plague Year post-apocalypse omnibus from Abaddon Books. He lives in London and enjoys the personal space and privacy that the city is known for. When not misdirecting tourists to nonexistent landmarks, Malcolm is likely to be writing science fiction and fantasy. A member of the furry fandom, he won the 2012 Ursa Major Award for Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction. Malcolm’s blood-type is O-positive, and he has a cough. Not long, now…

Kerbal Space Program and Orbital Mechanics
How Playing A Video Game Helped Me Learn And Write About The Wonders Of Life Without Gravity

by Malcolm Cross

This is easy, I think, as I begin to prepare to attach the latest addition to my long-running (and suffering) space station in my current game of Kerbal Space Program. All I need to do is eject the engines, then separate the command module from the fuel pod, then open the command module’s shielded docking port so I can redock on the fuel storage pod’s rear docking port (exposed now that I’ve gotten rid of the engines) and finally guide the pod to my station’s upper docking port.

In shorter, layman’s terms, I’m taking the nose of my rocket — where the little green alien astronauts sit — and sticking it on the back end, so I can plug it into my space station facing the right way around.
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MIND MELD: The SF/F Characters We Most Want to Share a Drink With

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“Let me buy you a pint, Elric…”

This week, we posed the following to our panelists:

Q: We’ve all encountered characters in stories and novels that we’ve felt a real connection to, and would love to chat with more. Maybe buy them a drink. What characters have you encountered in Fantasy and SF that you’d like to buy a pint for?

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