Writing science fiction – more free tools for the trade

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In my latest post (here) I’ve suggested a couple free MOOC in order to acquire more knowledge about selected matters, the idea is to keep myself in touch with the latest development of science and to suggest the same to my fellow writers.

This concept may apply in many different fields of writing, like thriller or mystery, and it’s not only about what will happen tomorrow but it’s also about what is going on today – in order to get the feeling of what will happen tomorrow.

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Writing science fiction – free tools for the trade

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One of the biggest challenges for a writer who wants to write science fiction is to be up-to-date with the most recent developments of real world science, not to mention the constant upgrade of the speculations about the nature of our universe. We all know that a science fiction novel (or whatever format) is not an essay about some peculiar field of science. We also know that without enough scientific (or para-scientific) elements in the story we’re not writing science fiction but some kind of fantasy (that’s not a problem, of course, but we’re talking about sci-fi right now).

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Cyber security, once again!

Title screen for the Betty Boop cartoon series.

Title screen for the Betty Boop cartoon series. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All right, I’m a control freak when it comes to cyber security. I know it, you know it too. It’s no big surprise that I’ve just ended my last MOOC for this year and it’s related to this matter.

Once again I’ve used the FutureLearn platform, one of the best places to find free courses, to pick up a two-week course about the basics of cyber security for Small and Medium Enterprises. Yes, it’s about how to raise the awareness and about the understanding of this kind of risks. In the Trump-era the bar for the security has to be raised higher, no need to explain the reasons why.

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How to easy set up quotations

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Thanks to a friend of mine (hello Massimo!)  I’ve stumbled upon a free web service, a site named Quozio.com; what can you with them?

Easy, you can create in a few seconds quotations – from every text source you like to use – and have it on the Internet with a couple of mouse clicks. Not bad, isn’t it? I know, this will not change your life, nor it will give instant money but it may help to add some spice to your web profiles.

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Finding an OST – Ghosts Of War

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When I write I just need to have some music playing and I like to think about my projects like movies, each one with its distinctive soundtrack. A pity I ain’t a musician, so I’m not in the right condition to create an OST from scratch. Thanks to two good friends of mine, Davide Mana and Lucia Patrizi, I’ve found a very useful service – totally free of charge – to create the right musical companion of my series.

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