Sylvia Spruck Wrigley

About Sylvia

Sylvia
Sylvia
Sylvia Spruck Wrigley was born in Germany on the 7th of March 1968. She spent most of her childhood in Los Angeles but escaped at the end of the 1980s. After a few years of drifting, she moved to England where her accent was irretrievably damaged. She somehow ended up in Estonia with no good explanation. You can contact her by email at sylvia@intrigue.co.uk.

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Putting the Science in Fiction

30 October 2018

I'm proud to have been included in the wonderful reference manual collated and edited by Dan Koboldt, Putting the Science in Fiction.

Science and technology have starring roles in a wide range of genres—science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, and more. Unfortunately, many depictions of technical subjects in literature, film and television are pure fiction.

Collecting articles from editor Dan Koboldt’s popular blog series for writers and fans of speculative fiction—plus a foreword by Chuck Wendig (author of Damn Fine Story, Star Wars: Aftermath and more) and a collection of never-before-published articles—Putting the Science in Fiction connects you to experts in a broad range of fields. Scientists, engineers, medical professionals, tech experts and others share their insights in order to debunk the myths, correct the misconceptions, offer advice on getting the details right, and help writers create more realistic yet engaging stories to satisfy discerning readers.

The book is full of great articles and detailed information across a broad range of subjects. It's available in all good bookstores now.


Why Planes Crash 2001 free for download

21 August 2018

Why Planes Crash Case Files: 2001 is free for a limited time as a special promotion of the series.

Why Planes Crash focuses on 21st century aviation investigations and breaks them down into key factors.

In this, the first of the series, Wrigley has deconstructed eleven of the most interesting incidents that the world saw in the year 2001. These include a detailed analysis of the disastrous runway incursion at Linate, the passenger interference leading to the Avjet Aspen Crash and why an Airbus A300 disintegrated over Queens.

From bad weather to the engineering faults in the aircraft, the author critically looks into every factor that could have led to the crash.

It is available from all major e-book sellers.


Project Daffodil is available in Arabic

8 August 2018

I have just discovered that my short story, Project Daffodil, has been translated into Arabic!

مشروع النرجس

You can still read the original English version on the Nature website: https://www.nature.com/articles/529248a

And there's a wonderful reading of the story by Tina Connelly on Toasted Cake:
http://toastedcake.com/2018/04/toasted-cake-179---the-daffodil-project---sylvia-spruck-wrigley.html


If This Goes On

5 August 2018

I'm pleased to announce that my flash story, The Choices You Make will be included in the upcoming anthology, If This Goes On.

If This Goes On

Published by Parvus Press, it has an expected release date of October 2018.


Putting the Science in Fiction

30 May 2018

I'm thrilled to announce that I am a contributor to a great new book which is to be published by Writer's Digest Books in October, 2018.

Putting the Science in Fiction is a collection of super useful and interesting articles based on Dan Koboldt's blog series of the same name. The book brings together scientists, physicians, engineers and other experts to explain science, technology and medicine to the science fiction writer, with tips to avoid common pitfalls and misconceptions.

I am thrilled to be a part of this and I can't wait to read the final product!


30 October 2018

Putting the Science in Fiction

21 August 2018

Why Planes Crash 2001 free for download

8 August 2018

Project Daffodil is available in Arabic

5 August 2018

If This Goes On

30 May 2018

Putting the Science in Fiction

Sylvia's Books

Without a Trace 1881-1968

Wail

Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2003

Domnall and the Borrowed Child

The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2002

Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2001

You Fly Like a Woman

Without a Trace 1881-1968

Without a Trace 1881-1968

For many, aviation still brings with it an air of mystery, a century-long magic trick. Though most of us will board an aircraft at some point in our lives, we know little about how they work and the procedures surrounding their operation. It is that mystery that makes these losses, such as the vanishing of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, so terrifying.

Read more…

Wail

Wail (as Kenzie McLaughlin)

Wail is a story of friendship and death. Not necessarily in that order.

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Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2003

Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2003

Why Planes Crash Case Files: 2003 follows eleven aircraft disasters from 2003, detailing how the accidents happened and how they might have been avoided. This "CSI for aviation enthusiasts" series examines both the history and the current climate of aviation to unravel the instigating events which led to these catastrophes.

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Domnall and the Borrowed Child

Domnall and the Borrowed Child

The best and bravest faeries fell in the war against the Sluagh, and now the Council is packed with idiots and cowards. Domnall is old, aching and as cranky as they come but, as much as he'd like to retire, he's the best scout the Sithein court has left.

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The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

In this age of constant surveillance, it shouldn't be possible to lose a Boeing 777 carrying 239 passengers. It's inconceivable that the aircraft flew for seven hours without anyone noticing that it was up there, completely off track. Yet, that's exactly what happened.

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Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2002

Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2002

The second book in the Why Planes Crash series covers incidents and accidents in 2002, including two in-flight suicides, the Sknyliv airshow disaster, how to write off a Saab 2000, an aircraft collision over the runway, a dramatic river landing, Air China 129’s flight into a Korean mountain, and finally, an in-depth view of the Überlingen mid-air collision.

Read more…

Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2001

Why Planes Crash — Case Files: 2001

This, the first of the series, deconstructs eleven of the most interesting incidents that the world saw in the year 2001. These include a detailed analysis of the disastrous runway incursion at Linate, the passenger interference leading to the Avjet Aspen Crash and why an Airbus A300 disintegrated over Queens.

Read more…

You Fly Like a Woman

You Fly Like a Woman

Getting a pilot's licence was the furthest thing from her mind – until an ex-RAF instructor suggested that she wasn't competent to do so. The thing is, he could be right. Sylvia has just a few weeks to prove that she can fly as well as any man.

Read more…

Events

Dec 2018

Worlding SF

Jul 2019

Estcon 2019

Aug 2019

Worldcon 77

6 to 8 December 2018

Worlding SF

University of Graz, Austria

6 December 15:30 - 17:00

Chair:
B4: Sex and Gender


8 December 16:00 - 17:30

Presenter:
G3: Age and Aging
Pushing Grandma Out the Airlock
The Representation of Older Women in Science Fiction


July 2019

Estcon 2019

Udu Farm, Jõgevamaal, Estonia

15 to 19 August 2019

Worldcon 77

Dublin, Ireland

TBA



13 to 15 July 2018

Estcon 2018

Udu Farm, Jõgevamaal, Estonia

Guest of Honour


9 to 13 August 2017

Worldcon 75

Helsinki, Finland

9 August 16:00

Book Signing

Signing Area


10 August 15:00

Moderator: Motivation Methods

Room 206


10 August 19:00

Flash Fiction Online

Room 206


12 August 17:00

Moderator: Building You Own Writing Retreat

Room 215


14 to 18 August 2014

Worldcon 72

London, UK

16 August 16:30

Moderator: From Indie to AAA

Capital Suite 16


17 August 11:00

Lizard Wizards in Space

Capital Suite 1


6 to 9 April 2012

Eastercon

Heathrow, UK

9 April 17:00 - 18:00

Social Media in SF

Royal A+C



Publications

Non-fiction

Short stories

Translations

Short Stories
The Choices You Make
If This Goes On – October 2018
Two lists discovered folded in the wallet of space explorer Jorge Finnegan after the Reliant wreckage was recovered from Tau Ceti e
Daily Science Fiction – February 2017
To Catch a Comet
Galaxy's Edge – March 2016
Ten Surefire Steps to Romance for the Workaholic Commuter Who Doesn't Make Time for His Social Life
Daily Science Fiction – February 2016
Project Daffodil
Nature magazine – January 2016
The Sex Adventurer’s Handbook to Kuiper Belt Resorts
Expanded Horizons – November 2015
A Foregone Conclusion (with Connor Wrigley)
Jetpack
Daily Science Fiction – March 2015
Tea for Two
SF Comet – November 2014
Alienated
Nature magazine – October 2014
There and Back Again
Daily Science Fiction – September 2014
Space Travel Loses its Allure When You’ve Lost Your Moon Cup
Crossed Genres – July 2014
A Long Way from Home
Nature Futures – July 2014
You Only Live Once
Postmark Andromeda
When the Selkie Comes
Daily Science Fiction – September 2013
Going All the Way
Every Day Fiction – June 2013
Alive, Alive Oh
Lightspeed – June 2013
Vintage Millennial Cookery InfoManual by the Geusian Ladies Society
Crossed Genres – May 2013
The Front Line
Nature Futures – May 2013
When You Come Back Again
Kazka Press – February 2013
A Mother's Love
Crimson Fog – February 2013
Old Flames
Daily Science Fiction – November 2012
Looking for a Knight in Shining Armor
Daily Science Fiction – November 2011
Excerpts from the Geusian Ladies Society Food InfoManual
Foreign Flavours – October 2011
Plague of Locusts
Call It Even
Long and Short Reviews – July 2010
Steven's Dragon
Time Goes By – January 2009
Meat Market
Boston Literary Magazine – December 2008
Darren is Updating his Facebook Status
Every Day Fiction – October 2008
The Banshee
Every Day Fiction – September 2008
Just a Few Miles from Galway
MicroHorror – January 2008
Café Crème
Lily – December 2004
Translations
Catalan
The Front Line
Catarsi – November 2014
Chinese
Tea for Two
SF Comet – November 2014
Croatian
The Front Line
Parsek – May 2015
La Paella
Eridan – May 2015
Dutch
The Front Line
Wonderwaan – October 2014
Estonian
French
Galician
Polish
The Front Line
Szortal – September 2015
A Letter From Your Mother
Szortal – September 2015
Portugese
Romanian
Alive, Alive Oh
Fantastica – Summer 2014
The Front Line
Fantastica – September 2013
Russian
Spanish