Bananas, Sex and Snowflakes


New Medium Essay. Not very Sci-Fi this one. But I needed to get it out of my head:

“The problem with monoculture is that when pathogens — parasites or predators — find a way to exploit one individual, they will have created a successful strategy to exploit all the others too. This is not a hypothetical intellectual curio, banana plantations worldwide are currently under siege from Fusarium oxysporum, ‘Panama Disease’.

This is why we go to the trouble of having sex…”

Read the rest…

Culture Knife Missile escapes to the Real



An Iain M Banks’ Knife Missile, coming soon to a battlefield near you!

Car of former al Qaeda number two… 

“The secret R9X missile is designed to destroy individual terrorist targets without harming surrounding civilians and could potentially kill a car’s front seat passenger without harming the driver.”

These belong in fiction, but I do love IMB’s nasty, aggressive little Knife Missiles, they are a big inspiration for my ‘Torches’.

When world building for the Singularity’s Children universe, a not-too-derivative way of getting Knife Missiles into my tech tree was a top priority!