All The Links

This page collects all the links from my “monthly” link posts, to be sorted, checked, and catalogued later.

July 2017

May 2015:

October 2014:

  • Mysteries of Medieval Graffiti – Really useful and inspiring if you are looking for flavor for your dungeons, towns, ruins etc.
  • What does war sound like? – War features heavily in our fiction, but few people (in the so-called west, but also in many others) are lucky enough not to ever have been in one. So this article by the BBC should be quite helpful to role-players and authors.
  • Old West Slang and Phrases – I don’t know how authentic this is, but it’s surely inspirational. Also works for your Firefly fanfic, I guess.
  • Apollo Image Atlas – Raw images from Apollo missions in huge resolutions. Not maps, just pretty much the entire catalog.
  • The Painted Warships of WW1.
  • If the average income in 1955 was, say, 4200 Dollars, how much would that be in 1988s Dollars? About 18500. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a handy Inflation Calculator.

April 2014:

February 2014

November 2013:

  • Airships. I love airships and The Atlantic has some nice photos.
  • Earth-sized Lava World has been discovered
  • Stone Lake – so called because it petrifies (literally) animals.Awesome, awesome, awesome setting, as Realmwright points out. I do have some doubts about the validity of this, and even if it actually works about the details mentioned on Gizmodo, but for a fantasy / sci fi story, you can always bend reality enough to make use of it.
  • Living on the Ocean: For your waterworlds.
  • Piracy pays: If you need to rationalize piracy in a modern or a Sci Fi setting, then Somalia is your friend.
  • Technovelgy is an old site that keeps track of reality’s imitation of science fiction.
  • As many as one in five suns may host habitable planets.
  • Abandoned toy factories – Creepy dolls everywhere make for an awesome setting
  • Is it right to waste Helium on party balloons? – Interesting thoughts, plus: It turns out the US had a strategic helium reserve established in the time of airships. What awesome plot point that would make…

September 2013

August 2013:

  • The Odds – Novel with a cover based on my art is now available. Congrats, Robert J. Peterson! And thanks for the stuff you sent me, I did not have time to check it out yet unfortunately.
  • Radiation has lasting effects on tree growth – Always interesting for post-apocalyptic scenarios
  • Low-mass exoplanet imaged – It also “poses a challenge” to theories about Gas Giant formations.
  • The City of 2050 – Nothing too original but probably worth a look if you are working on Sci Fi
  • Not strictly Sci Fi: Check out Project Iceworm. Seems that in the early 60s, the US Army attempted to build a huge nuclear missile launch facility under the ice of Greenland. Valuable leads if you intend on ‘building’ an under-ice colony or lair for your supervillain. Also, see the propaganda video for some impressive visuals.

July 2013:

June 2013:

April & May 2013:

March 2013:

  • Helicoprion was a spiral-toothed fish and shows that very weird-looking creatures did indeed exist…
  • We can now re-grow teeth.. it’ll be a while for commercial availability, but the shiny future may sole all dental problems.
  • Chuck found a nice photo website called Phototravel, lots of nice visuals there.
  • Paleos.com – Life Through Deep Time is cool resource if you need to figure out what lived on Earth when.
  • The BBC has an article up describing a Future Without Antibiotics.

January & February 2013:

November & December 2012:

  • If you think I am too light on RPGs, look no further: Shortymonster runs a cool website focusing on actual gaming topics and advice. Go there and tell him I said Hi.
  • Chuck came up with a script for an “intro cinematic” for Somnium: Chronicles of Empire.
  • Beyond Apollo – A blog that chronicles missions and programs that never happened. There’s some amazingly cool stuff just in the first few pages… Highly recommended.
  • The Public Domain Review looks like a promising catalog of public domain works.
  • Astrographer covers Star Trek, Science Fiction, Worldbuilding, and Traveller.
  • Lost Type repository has some awesome fonts.

October 2012:

September 2012:

August 2012:

June & July 2012:

  • Found the Farland world on the Realmwright Blog. Pretty cool conworld, lots of detail.
  • Zombie Gunslinger moved to the more appropriately-named Realmwright Blog. Check it out!
  • Cartogriffi has had a LOT of very interesting, well-thought out posts about his Science Fiction setting in the past few months, so check it out if you haven’t!
  • Robert Peterson requested to use some of my art on his website. It’s not up yet as I type this, but do check out his page and tell him I said Hi. He’s working on a post-apocalyptic comedy, to be released later this year.
  • Article on the BBC News website about Cory Doctorow’s business of giving away his works for free.
  • Earth Rings for Planetary Environment Control – Nuff said.

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March 2012

January 2012

November 2011

August 2011

June 2011

May 2011

  • Abandoned Stations is a site that details various abandoned/unused subway stations, including their history, maps, pictures, schematics, and so on. A treasure trove if you are into that sort of thing. These stations would make great locations for adventures!
  • Djeryv is running a D&D campaign based on The Bard’s Tale for his kids. I always wanted to do something like this, never got around to it. He doesn’t go into a lot of detail and it sounds like he’s improvising a lot but that’s not a bad thing.
  • A George R. R. Martin interview in two parts.
  • Imaginary places and their Imaginary Castles contest.
  • The beginning of a science fiction “sandbox” campaign and thoughts on a “Thousand Suns” setting, an alternative to the “Imperial future” space setting trope (I see Voyagers as a bit of a mix between the two).

April 2011

March 2011

August 2010