I stopped to think why, the other day. I’ve always loved reading sci-fi, but then I love reading contemporary romantic suspense, too, and have never felt the urge to write in that genre, so why sci-fi?
I think it has everything to do with the freedom sci-fi gives me as a writer to deal with contemporary or historical events, themes and happenings without the baggage. I can look at some very touchy subjects, where emotions and politics sometimes muddy the waters and detract from the core issues, free of the expectations and rhetoric that sometimes accompany those themes.
I think one of the writers who did this best was the late Iain M. Banks, whose work I love, but other sci-fi writers, too.
I know sci-fi is definitely more widely popular today than it has ever been before, but I’d love to know if you read it. If not, are you willing to give it a go? It is great fun, I promise! 🙂