Spider Dress by Anouk Wipprecht

Futuristic Fashion

It started with a shirt.

In one of the first passages I wrote for my current novel-in-progress, Aaron Stallard surprises Lexington Amis with a new outfit.

The shirt unfolded into a collaboration of silky red strips held together by straps of matching black leather. Was it actually a shirt? Lexi flipped the pieces around several times until they resembled one. Someone had confidence in his intelligence.This garment was a puzzle.

Even while writing this, I wondered about its relevance. Why did Aaron choose this shirt? Where did he get it? These questions immediately birthed a new character, a fashion designer who shows up a few times later in the story.

That got me wondering more about what high-end fashion might look like 70 years in our future. What will it look like seven years from now?

Fashion designers are already incorporating what looks like futuristic technology into their designs.

Spider Dress by Anouk Wipprecht
Spider Dress by fashion-tech creator Anouk Wipprecht. Designed with 3D printing and microcontrollers, this dress reaches out when approached. There’s no need for bustles or brass knuckles to remind creeps to keep their distance.

Creator Anouk Wipprecht is “Rethinking Fashion in the Age of Digitalisation” with designs that include the skeletal Spider Dress (featured here), the Smoke Dress that surrounds its wearer in fog, and Living Pods, interactive flowery bots.

The sisters Ezra and Tuba Çetin created an “intelligent dress” that sets artificial butterflies aflight. You can see the design in motion in Intel’s video.

Using eye-tracking technology, designer Ying Gao has created a pair of dresses that light up and contort when stared at directly.

Other recent developments in wearable technology include cloth that blocks radio frequencies, unique uses of light and shadow as decoration, and couture that reacts to social media.

What we can look forward to, apparently, are clothing and accessories that interact with us and our environment for entertainment, decoration, and protection.

By the way, I wasn’t the first to imagine puzzling garments that serve more than one purpose. My fictional fashion designer was kinder on Lexi’s post-partying head than the incredibly imaginative Hussein Chalayan might have been.

sheknows.com presented nine more designs for you to enjoy in “Technology is taking over our dresses, and the results are amazing” (2014).

Look Out–Er, In! A Pretty Interesting Intro to Viruses

Viruses help make up our world. More than that, they help make us.

Because they’re so important in real life, I find myself studying viruses for science fiction.

I’ve researched how they are used in gene therapy, how they adapt to alien species, and how they make people sick. In my currently developing novel–which is an explicitly erotic romance, but hey, Science!–I wanted to know how artificial viruses might affect cyborgs.

Sometimes, they research turns into fascinating distractions. Let’s not even go into how the middle of my novel centers around STI testing. (Why?! It’s okay. There’s sexy time and drama at the testing site.) Let’s pretend that every year, certain types of viruses don’t attempt to put us down on our backs and mess with productivity.

What I mean is that, sometimes, what scientists discover about viruses is their beauty.

Huffington Post presents microscopic images of dangerous viruses in “These 12 Viruses Look Beautiful Up Close But Would Kill You If They Could“. It’s hard not to marvel at the diverse complexity of these little buggers.

By the way, the image in this post’s header is the simian virus, found in both monkeys and humans, and not a bunch of succulents.

So, there you go: A starting place for more than you needed to know about viruses. Happy World-building Wednesday!

Last week’s post focused on fantasy and romance. This week is about maybe-not-romantic science. Tell me if you would like to see, and I’ll do my best to give you what you want.

The Young Protectors © Alex Woolfson

Protecting the Heart

Happy Wednesday! Today, let’s look at a romantic superhero webcomic.

This is not quite what I’d expected to post and probably isn’t what you expected, either. It just feels more relevant this week than what I’d planned. On Twitter, the current theme for the online event #WIPjoy is Relationship Week, and that’s got me thinking about broken hearts and interpersonal conflicts.

This post also serves as a warning about what to expect from me and my work. If you have a problem with homoerotic references, then you’ll want to be careful where you click on this site in about six months. Until then…

The Young Protectors © Alex Woolfson
Kyle’s flying high in his first meeting with The Annihilator. Image © Alex Woolfson.

The Young Protectors is a superhero comic reminiscent of Marvel Comics. (Think of The Avengers.) What sets it apart from what’s generally sold in comic shops:

  1. Romantic relationships develop between men (not monsters and men).
  2. Characters’ coming out is a big part of multiple storylines.

Like in any great fantasy, the mix of fantastical and realistic elements makes these stories heart-wrenching.

I just wasn’t really expecting it to be great. The conflict was interesting enough to keep reading, but unprepared, I ended up standing around at home staring hopelessly at nothing, wondering how a glossy-looking superhero comic had managed to stomp on my heart. It worried my husband. He helped me grieve for a few minutes. Later, he shared in little celebrations of conversations that needed to happen in the comic for the world to contain hope again.

So, there you go: Two warnings. There’s this comic that can ruin you for a day. And I will try to do the same with my fiction later.

Happy reading.

I love visual stories. Comic are great for nights when I’m too tired to write and too angsty to sleep without nightmares. They don’t require headphones or as much bandwidth as videos. The site io9 lists more mainstream but still enticing completed webcomics that I’m going to try out. You might like them, too.

Exciting Blog Notice: What to Expect


Alright, I’m lying already. This post isn’t all that exciting. It’s a simple announcement of schedules.

On Wednesdays (but not all Wednesdays), I’ll be posting writing tips and bits about my novel’s world. Though my work-in-progress is Science Fiction Romance, the writing tips will at times apply to all genres.

On Fridays (but not all Fridays), I’ll be posting about freaky-cool futurist technology.

The current plan is to alternate Wednesday and Friday posts weekly, but you might get two posts a week.

Whenever I feel like adding them, you’ll also see new pages on this site. New today is the Fiction page, where you can read a free micro story written for my online writer’s group.

Thanks for starting the year with me.


Happy New Year!

Hello, I am Acin Fals, a writer of speculative fiction and unconventional romances featuring diverse characters.

My resolutions for 2017 are to:

  • publish a Science Fiction Romance novel about cyborgs and retros in June,
  • finish an anthology set in the same world, and
  • post once a week on this new blog about writing, publishing, queer issues, science, technology, and literary history.

Exciting stuff, right?

Take my hand (or just click on the button, if that’s your thing) to follow me in the new year. More minds make for a more interesting time.