The Appeal of Science Fiction

UoWI have a lot of story ideas, but at the moment, most of them are on plots in the science fiction genre.

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! 🙂

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Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. To find out more about her and her novels, you can visit her website.
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8 Responses to The Appeal of Science Fiction

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Michelle,
    I love science fiction! I think I got the bug early on, from Danny Dunn books and others. It’s a great what-if genre–what if computational mathematics was a way to make portals into other worlds, for example. But always grounded in real emotions. I’m looking forward to seeing where your new plots take you!

  2. I’ve never been a huge sci-fi fan. For some reason, aliens, technology, etc. just don’t appeal to me like fantasy books do. Give me some magic, swords, and castles, and I am all about a book. LOL.

    To each her own, I suppose. Good luck with your sci-fi ideas!
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  3. Edie Ramer says:

    Michelle, I used to read sci-fi. I especially loved Anne McCaffrey and a few others. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, I reread an Anne McCaffrey book.

    Though I don’t read sci-fi as much now, I still love books with sci-fi elements – like psychic powers. And I loved your short story that’s in the Entranced anthology. I am so eager to see what you’ll do with your book. 🙂

    • Thanks, Edie. I’ve read a few Anne McCaffrey stories, but I have to admit I once read one where the characters were forced to do something which put me off reading her again. I should probably give her another go.

  4. Barbara Elness says:

    Yes, I do love Science Fiction, especially Sci-Fi Romance. I’ve read a lot of really great stories in the past and quite a lot lately as well.

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