Hi, I'm new to the forum and have an idea for a novel. I can't find anything on this question so I thought I'd sign up for a forum to ask. I'm not a scientist and lack much of the higher technical knowledge. Here's my question: Most planets in close orbits (they'd have to be to support liquid water) of Red Dwarf Stars are "tidally locked" due to proximity. I'd like to have a planet that isn't. There is also the problem that Red Dwarf Stars give off varying levels of heat and I think having two stars would "even this out" and perhaps the additional heat may push back the habitable zone. If I had a pair of very close Red Dwarf Stars in a binary system (probably close enough to mutually orbit over hours or days), size isn't overly important. Would having not one but two stars affect whether or not the theorized life-supporting planet is "tidally locked"? Picture a planet about .25 AU's orbiting a pair of Close Red Dwarf Stars of relatively equal size. Would the planet still be tidally locked, perhaps to the common barycenter between the stars? Or would the varying gravity of the nearby stars at different positions of the planet's orbit "pull" the planet in some manner that allowed for continued spin/rotation or even encourage it? Not sure how it works. Also, in a related question on tidal locking, would the lack of rotation not hamper the magnetic field, thus damaging the prospects of life on any tidally locked planet? Answers like this are surprisingly tough to find. I don't need the math, as I'd probably not understand it. Just a dumbed-down explanation. Thanks for any feedback.