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Elsewhere on the WyrdStar website:

WyrdStar ABOUT WYRDSTAR - A brief summary of WyrdStar Books, the self-publishing venture of Steph Bennion, yours truly. This page includes Press Resources. I write primarily 'New Space Opera' for young adults and adults young-at-heart...
Places THE FIVE SYSTEMS - the planetary systems of Alpha Centauri, Barnard's Star, Epsilon Eridani, Sol and Tau Ceti - are the setting for the Worlds of Hollow Moon science-fiction stories. This guide to locations outlines the places referenced in the various books.
Blake's 7 BLAKE'S 7 - I am a big fan of Blake's 7, the BBC TV science-fiction show from the late seventies / early eighties. Budgets were low, special effects were primitive and the sets were often almost laughable. So what made the show so memorable for me? The writing was excellent, the characters were well-defined and the cast were superb. Read more on my Blake's 7 page!
Danse Macabre DANSE MACABRE - This band was my foray into live music a few years ago. The band took its own brand of folk-rock, halloween-pop cabaret around London and beyond, including sets at the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Worcester Music Festival. The Danse Macabre Archives page has a brief history, some photographs and more...
2014 reads The Smashwords Reads 2014 page is collection of short reviews of the indie ebooks that took my fancy in 2014 (plus older reviews from 2012 and 2013), complete with my Goodreads star ratings. Most are science-fiction: reviews are obviously subjective and my tastes can be a little quirky at times...

Some favourite science / science-fiction websites:

io9 IO9 - One of my favourite websites is io9, a daily online publication that covers science, science-fiction and fantasy (films, television and books) and the future. I never fail to find something worth reading here!
The Mary Sue THE MARY SUE - An entertaining news website highlighting women in the geek world. To quote The Mary Sue's mission statement: "We want simple things, like to be able to visit a comic book store without feeling out of place. To be able to buy a video game without getting the sense that the cashier thinks we're buying it for someone else." You get the drift...

Websites for readers and writers:

Sauce City Scripts Not Just Sauce is the home blog of my brother Chris Bennion, who is a dab hand at creating entertaining scripts for pantomime. He describes them as: "...silly, funny, witty and full of bad jokes, one liners and an almost coherent plot..."; in other words, exactly what pantomime should be!
Awesome Indies Awesome Indies showcases the best of independent fiction. Books listed on this website: "have been evaluated by industry professionals against specific criteria for quality fiction and deemed to be of the same quality of craftmanship as books published by mainstream publishing houses." Given all that, I'm pleased that Hollow Moon, Paw-Prints Of The Gods and City Of Deceit made the grade!
Cover Art The lovely artwork for Hollow Moon, Paw-Prints of the Gods and City Of Deceit was done by Victor Habbick, who has a particular interest in science and technology.
TV Tropes TV Tropes is a marvellously-entertaining website that is a: "catalogue of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction." Tropes are devices and conventions that writers can reasonably rely on as being present in a reader's mind and expectation. I could spend hours in the section on science-fiction...
Alien Star Books Alien Star Books is a website dedicated to listing science-fiction and fantasy books for teenagers and young adults 'of colour'. In other words, if you're tired of seeing the white guy be the hero, here's the alternatives.

STEM Resources (UK)
[Note: This section, aimed at young would-be engineers, is a work-in-progress!]

Stemettes The Stemettes are showing the next generation that girls do science, too! This website provides careers information and guidance on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for girls, women students and parents.
Tomorrow's Engineers Tomorrow's Engineers is a one-stop shop for information and resources about the amazing careers available in engineering. This resource is aimed at young people who may be considering a future in science, technology, engineering or mathematics; the organisation also runs a schools programme to help inspire the next generation of engineers.

All content (c) Steph Bennion, WyrdStar and Danse Macabre 2007-2017.

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