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Adventuring in the Extreme: Eight Exoplanet-inspired Science Fiction Novels

Posted by David Conyers on April 1, 2014 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The sheer variety of exoplanets is making us rethink science fiction. The variety of alien terrains that heroic space adventurers will now be subjected to is likely to be more bizarre than anything we’ve yet encountered, or at least that is what David Kernot and I think.


Therefore, in celebration of the recent release of our book Extreme Planets, the first anthology of exoplanet tales featuring carbon planets, ...

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Extreme Planets is Out

Posted by David Conyers on March 9, 2014 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Extreme Planets is now out, and available from Amazon. Gardner Dozois says of the book in Locus, "The anthology does contain a lot of solid, entertaining, core SF"

Here is an extract from David Kernot and my contribution to the anthology, "Petrochemical Skies" set on a carbon planet.




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Extreme Planets Line-up

Posted by David Conyers on January 15, 2013 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)


Here it is, the blurb and line-up to Extreme Planets.



Two decades ago astronomers confirmed the existence of planets orbiting stars other than our Sun. Today more than 800 such worlds have been identified, and scientists now esti...

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Extreme Planets Cover Illustration

Posted by David Conyers on September 30, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Extreme Planets is slowly coming together. Most of the stories have been selected and are now being edited. The news I can share is the cover, by the very talented Paul Drummond:

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New Extreme Planets Website and D.L. Snell Market Scoops Interview

Posted by David Conyers on January 17, 2012 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

David Kernot, co-editor of Extreme Planets anthology has set up a website specifically for the book. We'll be posting updates, news on the book, links to interesting sites about exoplanets and sources for ideas for submissions, and anything else that interests us.


The first news item is my interview with D.L. Snell for

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Submissions Sought: Extreme Planets

Posted by David Conyers on December 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (1)

I'm editing a new anthology with David Kernot and Jeff Harris, Extreme Planets. It is a science fiction anthology about extrasolar planets that will be published by Chaosium. The submission guidelines are found

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10 Weirdest Things in Space

Posted by David Conyers on August 2, 2011 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Space.com often has some great articles to spark the imagination of a science fiction writer. Check out this list: Top 10 Strangest Things in Space, including dark matter, galactic cannibalism, mini-black holes and vacuum energy.


Yes, I know, I get excited about these things.

The Strangest Planets

Posted by David Conyers on June 17, 2011 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)


I've been very interested in the planets astronomers are detecting around other suns. What they are finding is so unexpected, and so different to what we have previously imagined possible.


But is it really that strange? Life seems to evolve and adapt to all kinds of conditions, so why can't planets.



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