Wednesday, May 24, 2006

If there are X-Men among us...dibs on Wolverine!

So what if the Yahoo article is depressingly realistic. That's not what I'm here for. Another word for SF fiction is "Speculative." So I speculate. Sure, there's no *evolutionary* reason for me to be blue and shapeshift...but evolution doesn't figure in the, "damn, that's cool" factor. It's the difference between impossible and possible...plausible is another story.

In my SF, Fantasy, and Speculative fiction, I don't expect plausibility to make absolute scientific sense given current standards. Current prevailing theory says that you can't go faster than the speed of light, so interstellar travel is going to be a long and arduous journey of extended time periods. That just doesn't work for me. In science, plausibility is a different thing than it is in fiction. In fiction, give me the possibility - tell me that it could happen, and let me worry about making it plausible.

And if I get to make it hot, too...then well, that's just frosting. ;)

5 comments:

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

I'm all for willing suspension of disbelief. To really enjoy 'speculative' fiction, I don't over analyze it. If the story is good [with lots of frosting!] I don't care if there's no way the main character could be a blue shapeshifter. What is, is. Let's just enjoy!

Skylar Masey said...

I've been suspending disbelief since I was a kid to escape reality. I was addicted with "mutants" after I picked up my first issue of Alpha Flight at a local grocery store at the age of 9. (Possibly because it highlighted the twins Northstar and Aurora.)And my obsession grew to include Spiderman, Daredevil, X-men (and all the spin offs), Witch Blade and a couple others. Yep, I became a comic geek:0)

A couple years ago when my brain went wandering for a cool new futuristic storyline guess what it settled on? A fish out of water superhero/heroine tale called Believe In Me.

ANd for all you Wolvie fans out there, you can check out Hugh Jackman on video at msn.com dishing at Cannes about The Last Stand. As for me, I've set my sights on Piotr Rasputin AKA Colossus. Mmmm...a man with looks, artistic talents, a kind heart and a body of steel.

I think I need chocolate!

Xandra Gregory said...

Mr. Xandra's patron superhero has always been Archangel, so of course, we both squee-d like mad when the preview showed him. I'm still not sure which Xman I'd be--I always wiffled between Jean Grey and Psylocke. But I've always wanted Storm's hair. :D

Lynda K. Scott said...

Amen on Storm's hair--much better than my 'Sheesh, does she own a comb?' locks.

One of the very first SF stories I ever wrote (sometime back between the cave drawings and the use of slate) featured a group of mutants. Of course, the women were gorgeous and the men were definitely bitable. They were respected and feared even though they were absolute do-gooders. And the women were In Charge. No backseats for them, huh uh. They ruled.

But, alas, they never got their HEA. What can I say? I was young and didn't know better :-)

Skylar Masey said...

Ah, yes Warren Worthington III. I have to admit I have a warm affection for him too:0) I was horrified enough to tear up when he lost his wings in the Morlock tunnels and troubled by his turn to darkness as one of Apocolypse's horsemen. But things finally worked out, and I breathed a little sigh of relief when I saw him regain his beautiful, angellic wings again. What a hard fought HEA:0)