C.S. Boyack asked the following:
“You’ve made a big splash in fantasy, and danced around with paranormal. Are you going to take on science fiction any time soon? You’ve talked about super heroes, but I believe they had ties to Windemere.”
There’s a lot of ground to cover on this one and it’s hard to tell where to start. I’m going to begin with my little fear of attempting science fiction. When I was younger, this genre was all over the place and very beloved. I don’t see it as often as before these days and I wonder if part of it is because of us becoming too critical. Make one wrong move in science fiction and you’ll get crucified online. ‘That type of technology wouldn’t work because of this’, ‘I want more realism in my fiction’, and so on and so forth. People take this genre very seriously and want it to have as many facts as possible. Sometimes at the detriment of the fiction part, so it makes me pull back from the genre.
I still have the superheroes and alien bounty hunter though, so I’d never say never. Yet, I think those have some cushions. Superheroes have become their own subgenre at this point and get leeway. Once you have a character flying and spitting fireballs from his nostrils, you can bend some other laws of physics a bit. Not to mention you have a long history of magical heroes and technology heroes, so the genre acts like a bridge. I could put them on Earth or keep them in Windemere with only the scenery and goon weapons changing. The powers, mentalities, and adventures would stay the same. As for the alien bounty hunter, I’d be in a different galaxy and could always say things work differently than on Earth. Dragonball Z did this a lot with planets having different gravity levels.
There is the word ‘soon’ that I have to consider here. Next year will be a lot of prep work while the last 3 Legends of Windemere books are published. I’ll have Ichabod Brooks (fantasy) and another Dawn Addison (paranormal) story to put together too. As far as bigger projects, I might outline and write 1-2 of the Dawn Fang series (vampires/fantasy), but still no science fiction. Unless I’m forgetting something. Well . . . there is that one, which I’m unsure of. Let me do some research. Be right back.
*worst elevator music ever recorded*
Nothing conclusive on dystopian stories, so Bedlam is in the middle. It might be considered low level, simplistic science fiction since it works off an alternate reality that depends on technology instead of magic. You have diseased animals, the Half-Deads, and bizarre civilizations that have grown out of the rubble. All of them have some connection to reality, but stretch things a bit. One could say I’m using this to dip a toe in the sci-fi water without dedicating myself to the genre. It obviously isn’t fantasy or horror or paranormal, but it isn’t completely science fiction. Again, my nervousness about entering such a highly criticized arena has me making excuses. I’d say this is only my circle that does this, but I see it whenever I read comments under a sci-fi movie review. Even Star Wars gets questioned in terms of realism . . . a movie with space wizards and laser swords gets criticized for being unrealistic. No wonder I stay with dragons, casters, and orcs more than humans.
The thing to take away here is to never say never. Will I try science fiction soon? Probably not in the next year or two. Maybe not for a while considering I have so much fantasy on my plate. Most of the sci-fi I would do is superhero style, so it could be that I never go fully into the genre. Then again, who knows if I’ll revive one of my older ideas because of a spark. Gotta love these vague answers, but you never know.