What Is SCIENTIFIC THINKING? What STORY does it tell?


How can we tell if the government, news media, and internet are posting good information?

These are the things I taught my Junior High School Students about The Scientific Method of Investigation:

[1] Explore in an unprejudiced way.

Japanese high school. Students study, science laboratory, holding molecular model[2] Discover Problem to work on.

[3]Hypothesize: If this happens, then maybe it’s because of …

[4] Design Controlled Experiment to shed light on, and as a possible answer to hypothesis.

[5] Generalize: Use measured data resulting from experiment to explain results.

[6] Realize that experimental results are based on the setup used (the perspective) and only statistically significant. (Oh, yes, and your GENERALIZATION is only a DESCRIPTION and not the real thing.)

OUR RWA San Diego Chapter Meeting

I just got back from our RWA San Diego meeting on Saturday. Damon Suede ran the workshop about promoting ourselves as authors, based on his enlightening nonfiction: Your A Game: winning promo for genre fiction.

Based on the knowledge revealed there, in addition to my regular posts about sci-fi and sci-fi romance, I’m going to post my voice reviews of novels I’d place on my wish list, if I had time to read more avidly than I do. Most of the novels will be paranormal and first will be from our very talented chapter. Find also other sci-fi romance websites where new and interesting authors are showcased.

Looking forward to collecting smart sci-fis and voice/hook reviewing them.

The Movie, Arrival

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen the movie Arrival yet, skip this post until you have.


This is about the movie Arrival that I saw on Friday, November 11, 2016.


A linguist who lectures at a college has written a book with a new idea about language and how it influences society. She falls asleep and dreams of her life as a mother of a most wonderful daughter who tragically dies of a rare disease after her physicist husband leaves her.


The aliens land at twelve sites that are not remarkable and have no relationship to one another. She is picked up by the government to be a member of a new team to communicate with the aliens’ vessel in Montana.


The aliens appear to be like cephalopods with articulated tentacles and starfish-like hands at the end of each that squirt out ink that they can force mentally into circular hieroglyphs.


The profound discovery she makes is that the circles contain, along their perimeters, shapes, each of them representing a word. When all words are taken together they only create meaning when their sentence does not exist in static time. So this is a secret to the way the creatures speak and maybe think.


All countries are working on communicating with the aliens, but they’re all afraid of each other, so they cut off contact. The linguist discovers that all twelve alien landing sites are communicating a different piece of the communication puzzle.


In the end, she goes in by herself to speak with the aliens and discovers that their way of looking at things, their consciousness is not linear, but like their writing involves sets of words, ideas, happenings that occur in what I set out in my Union of Opposites website as snippets, or clips of experiences, dreamlike.


She can now see into the future and bring her life into closure. One of the last images is something the aliens left for her, a book she’s written about their language and intent. But the view she has involves a special celebration, a formal affair, thrown by the Chinese head-of-state who tells her he had to meet her. She was the reason the Chinese got the rest of the world to share their information about the aliens, their language, and their message.


She asks him how this came about—how he knew to trust her when she called him on the phone? The scene goes back and forth, ending with the physicist in charge putting his body between her and the US soldiers aiming at her.


Unbelievably she’s on the phone with him but still doesn’t know how she’ll reach him, so he’ll believe her about putting every country’s message together. He whispers to her that the first words from her mouth in Chinese are the last words his wife said to him before she died. Somehow we see they are spirits under the skin.


Back in time, she relays the message and tells the general the truth that leads to the future. The future involves a gift, her book, setting out and explaining the aliens’ language.


She still had her life. It would cycle through a marriage to the lead physicist who had saved her life. They would have a child. A wonderful daughter, who would die of a rare disease. The last time she’d visited her life, at the beginning of the movie, her husband left her when she told him their baby would come down with the disease. So she and the daughter had to face it together. But this time more than her simple humanity was involved in the story of their lives. And one only guesses that this time her husband, the father of her child, the physicist will stay till the end.


I say the ending might be different from how she’d imaged it in the beginning, there are two wine glasses on the table in her home. A new beginning or a stage set error?


I believe it’s left open-ended, or am I just an incurable romantic?








Right now the series consists of two books.
The re-publication of ENTANGLED
and the pre-order of FLY LIKE AN EAGLE.


Come visit ENTANGLED when it’s released and FLY LIKE AN EAGLE in pre-order.

Free copies of e-books for reviews posted on Amazon.

Contact me at: author@sbkburns.com

Happy Reading!

S.B.K. Burns

Recent News: November 2016

Well, it looks like I need to work on the depth in my writing skills, and/or keep closer to the formulas readers desire (at least, according my requesting editors and agents). 

I have, at present, three novels I intend to indie-publish before the end of the year–a chance to promote all three while I put them on pre-order with Amazon. 

Two of the novels are from a new genre (similar to The da Vinci Code, historical sci-fis, or non-formulaic steampunk), a series I call Ages of Invention.

The two novels from Ages of Invention are Entangled (the image above) and Fly Like An Eagle. Both are also time travels.

The third novel is my only contemporary romance, Open Season, about tennis at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. I can’t wait to work with the artist on this cover.

At present my WIPs are a full-length sci-fi space opera thriller titled Flat Spin and two sci-fi novellas titled Too Pretty and Other.

Please go to my Facebook page, SBK Burns, where I’ll be posting sci-fi and horror short stories and excerpts from my novels.

Also, if you’re a geek like me and want to read nonfiction ideas about my experiment (an analog of our expanding universe) or philosophies on consciousness, life, and death, please visit my Union of Opposites website.

Lots of Requests

After pitches at RWA Nationals and Savvy Authors PitchFest, I’ve submitted requested manuscripts for my three unpublished novels. Publishers (Tor and Entangled) are great places to go to purchase science fictions and romances.

While waiting patiently for a response from one of the publishing houses, I’m working on my first space opera, another science fiction romance (SFR), in which I present some of the theory I develop in my philosophy/cosmology website on consciousness theory (based on my published research), The Union of Opposites.

Hoarder Followup


Though I find myself hanging in there with the housework, even though I have loads of writing and editing to do everyday, I’d rather get my readers interested in how my writing life is going–what I’m learning–than talking about household organization, no matter how important that is.

So, here goes my umteenth incarnation as a blogger:

Right now, I’m hoping I hear something from the agents and editors I pitched to at RWA Nationals, that is, before I self-publish the two novels in my Ages of Invention Series. 

Have all the covers for the two novels ready to go. I just need to start handing out advanced reader copies for review.

And I’m anxious to finish my WIP space opera, to get to working on a young adult science fiction novella.

I’ve never enjoyed history more than that in the novels of my critique partners, and because of my background in science, I’d like to learn as much as I can about the way people thought about science throughout history. That’s what led to the writing of my historical science fictions.

The Union of Opposites website (theunionofopposites.com) explores different kinds of consciousness that I use in my stories. The site is philosophical and built on my published experiments, but it helps me create a new world of thought for my future novels.

That’s all for now. I’ll keep  you posted. 

Thanks for looking in,

S.B.K. Burns (Susan)