Why I love Science Fiction

The Oxford Dictionary defines Science Fiction as, “Fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets.”

I’ve been an avid science fiction fan since I was a little girl, though it is fair to say I was mainly into films and TV shows back then. I can still remember going to the cinema to see the ‘Empire Strikes Back’ when I was only 8 or 9, and I was hooked on the Star Wars series from that point. My mom loves to recount tales of how I used to hide behind the sofa, with a cushion obscuring my face, as I braved glimpses at Dr. Who on the TV. She says I refused to allow let her switch it off, though it clearly terrified me! (On a side note, excellent parenting Mom!!)

I’ve been a voracious reader my whole-life, and I exasperate my husband as I constantly have a book in my hand or my trusty kindle by my side. However, I only got into reading science fiction as an adult. A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley was one of the first classic sci-fi books that I read, and it is still up there at the top of my list of all time sci-fi greats. Written in 1931 it describes a frightening vision of the future, and I think Mr. Huxley was ahead of his time in his thinking, and analysis. I also love The Hunger Games series; those books just blew me away.

When I first started writing fiction, in my early thirties, I wrote lots of chicklit/romance, and I secretly harbored an ambition to write crime/thrillers. Mostly because those were the genre’s I was reading back then. Around this time, I commenced employment with an IT company and my interest in technology piqued. Then I got sucked into the YA genre, and I’ve read lots of dystopian science fiction and for me, and my writing, it was organic from that point.

In 2010, the CEO of the company I work for gave me a book to read called the 2020 Workplace. It is written by Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd and is intended for human resource professionals like myself. Essentially it is about innovative ways to attract, retain and develop the employees of the future. It describes the future workplace in some detail and draws an analysis between technological advancements of the last ten years, and planned developments for the next ten years. To see how far we have advanced in such a short period is breath-taking, as is visualizing the future and how far we will develop technologically in my lifetime. While this book added value in my corporate life, it also set my creative juices flowing.

I love imagining what the futuristic world will be like, and trying to second guess how technological and medical advancements will shape the culture and society of the future. The universe is vast, and so much is still unknown and unexplored and as a writer, that opens up limitless creative opportunities. I am particularly enamoured with stories that are set in space and those involving alien races—I think it all stems back to my early childhood obsession with the Star War series. To think that regular space-travel is being realized during my life-time is truly incredible.

A good science fiction story for me (whether it is a book, TV series or movie) has to strike the right balance between technology and human emotions.  Particularly, showcasing how human nature evolves and deals with advances in technology and medicine, and the impact of that on human relationships and their environment. Unless it has a good mix of those things, it will not hold my attention for long. In writing True Calling I’ve tried to achieve these aims, and completely given in to my reader-sci-fi-geekiness.

I don’t think I’ll ever tire of science fiction stories and with some interesting new releases coming to our cinema screens and bookshelves soon, I know I’ll have plenty to indulge my passion.

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Fictional Worlds I’d love to visit

Morning everyone,

A blogger recently set me an interesting challenge: To identify the top ten fictional worlds I’d like to visit and why. I had great fun coming up with this list, and now I have a real bad case of travel-lust. 🙂 Reading back over my answers, I realize that in many cases my sole reason for wanting to visit these places is purely for the men that inhabit these fictional worlds. Gosh, I am so shallow! I just hope my husband never reads this!!

10Asgard – The visual depiction of Marvel-Universe-created Asgard in the Thor movies is stunning, and I’d like to say I want to visit for the scenery. But, really it is just so I can fit my hands around Thor’s bulging biceps.

9. Neverland – Who doesn’t want to go flying with Peter Pan and drop-kick some mean ole nasty pirates?

8. Jurassic Park – I’d love to see a dinosaur up close and personal. Once I lived to tell the tale that is!

7. Middle Earth – My youngest son is obsessed with the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movies, so I’d lose major brownie points if I didn’t include Middle Earth in my list of fictional places to visit. Callum would have to come with me of course.

6. Forks – Okay, so I know it’s actually a real place (somewhere in northwest Washington) but I want to visit the fictional Twilight world so that I can dispense with Bella, and Edward can turn me into a vampire instead.

5. Avatar – I’ve always wondered what my Na’vi avatar would look like, and I totally want to have a hippy-60’s style-singing session under the Tree of Light.

4. Planet Novo – Getting to hang out with my own fictional characters, in the fictional world I created, would be seriously awesome. And I’ve always dreamed of going into space.

3. Narnia – These books were some of my favorites when I was a kid, and it was great being able to read them to my own children. Narnia is a classic fantasy land, and I want to hang out with talking animals, warrior rats and Mr. Tumnus. Plus Prince Caspian is hot.

2. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – I visited Harry Potter World in Universal Orlando with my family, and I’ve also seen the Harry Potter Tour in New York. I just can’t get enough of this fantastic world that J.K Rowling has created. Getting a chance to properly visit Hogwarts Castle, and to play Quidditch with Harry Potter is the stuff dreams are made of.

1. Star Wars Universe – I am a massive Star Wars fan, and I love all the worlds George Lucas created in this universe. My trip would have to include a spin in the Millenium Falcon and a major make-out session with Luke Skywalker. Then my life would be complete.

So there you have it! What about you? Are any of your favorites included? What fictional world would you most like to visit?