Can Galactic Empires Exist Without Faster-Than-Light Travel?

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My newest science fiction novel, Lockstep, was recently serialized in Analog magazine. Reactions have been pretty favourable — except that I've managed to offend a small but vocal group of readers. They're outraged that I've written an SF story in which faster than light travel is impossible. » 3/31/14 8:09pm 3/31/14 8:09pm

The Best Video Game Music of 2012

You press a button, and the beat drops. Forward you fly, straight into the perilous unknown, beats pushing against your eardrums as you push back against the controller. Tempo and harmony swim together, and you lose yourself in the rhythm of play. » 12/13/12 8:00pm 12/13/12 8:00pm

You Won't Survive FTL's Space Mission, But You'll Remember It

I could have quit. I could have made my defeat happen quicker, less painfully. But cliche or not, the captain goes down with the ship. The rules don't change just because we're in space. So I watched my crew dutifully tend to my systems, keeping the ship running as best they could. We knew we weren't going anywhere:… » 9/19/12 4:00pm 9/19/12 4:00pm