Monday, July 03, 2006

Why Sci-Fi?

Although I often write about vampires, werewolves, Fae and witches, not to mention on rare occasion, just regular people who don’t live in magical worlds and cast spells or hunt creatures of the night as a matter of course, my first love will always be Science Fiction.

I come from a blended family – Dad is a Star Trek fan, Mom still isn’t certain the moon landing wasn’t a hoax. Guess whose side I favor?

Besides a genetic predisposition to feel at home anywhere the doors swish open at my approach, other factors have contributed to my ‘head in the stars’ state of mind. The pictures in this post are case in point. They’re all from the Hubble Gallery, a fascinating site that has tons of amazing views of the universe. Looking at images like this has always given me inspiration and made me wonder just what’s out there. What would a society develop into if its night sky looked like this?

Who lives here?

And what would they think of us? I’ve always looked up at the sky and wondered and that wondering led to creating stories about whom or what might be out there.

For those of us who write science fiction flavored romance, what inspired you? Were you born to it, or are you a convert? Is it a passing fancy, something you dabble in, or, like me, is it where your roots are buried?


MK Mancos/Kathleen Scott said...

I started my love for science fiction back when the original Star Trek was the only game in town for sci-fi. (However, I watched it in it's very early syndicated run.) My father had the largest collection of science fiction books in Pontiac, Michigan when I grew up. But as my love for science fiction expanded, it also developed a taste for fantasy and anything that was outside our known world.

I read the Brothers Grimm when I was in elementary school. No, my fairy tales had to be dark and down right scary for me to enjoy them. On Saturday mornings, I would never miss Sir Graves Ghastly a local show out of Detroit that had a man dressed as a vampire and played all the old horror and sci-fi classics.

As for the paranormal. I grew up knowing I'd lived before. The concept of reincarnation never had to be explained to me. I just always accepted it as fact. - Along with that were near-death experiences, astral projection, and scrying. I often feel sorry for the scientist who poo-poo these concepts as impossible because they have such closed minds. How can a scienctist have a closed mind I want to know? How can you explore the outer reaches of the known universe or sub-atomic particles and have a closed mind? It's enough to boggle mine.

Shelli Stevens said...

Those are some great pics! I never get sick of seeing that one in the middle. Freaking gorgeous.

Lynda K. Scott said...

Jennifer, love those pictures!

I first got introduceed to SF when my mom got majorly ticked with my dad and took us kids to live at my uncle's for a week. I'm not sure how/why, but while there I found the book that turned me to the dark side {g}--Isacc Asimov's The Mule and the Foundation.

I fell in love! Fell in love with the idea of future society's, fell in love with space flight--hell, I even fell in love with the sad little 'Mule' even though he was the bad guy. A life long love affair was born {g}

From that point on, if it had a space theme--I watched or read it. Eventually, anything with a science theme and/or the paranormal joined my love affair with space. Dinosaurs, mutants, ghosts or were-creatures, I love them all.

My folks (yeah, they got back together) always thought I'd outgrow these 'silly' infatuations but I never did and, hopefully, never will.

Kat, hey, I remember Sir Graves! LOL, used to watch him religiously no matter how B for bad the movies were {g} Did you ever catch Shock Theater (can't remember the host name but he was a mad scientist type of zombie looking critter, LOL) or was that before your time? I'd stay awake (it came on at 11 PM) way past my bedtime to watch it. Those were the good old days {g{

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

Reincarnation is another topic that fascinates me. In my own explorations I've come up with at least three previous lives of mine. It does amaze me that the people I've heard use the word "impossible" the most are the scientific minds. If it can't be explained by cold, hard facts, they can't accept it. It just doesn't make sense.

Angela Verdenius said...

ooohhh - I'm a believer! I always think that if we can exist on this planet, and the universe is so infinite, then who knows what or who is out there?

I love sci-fi movies ad romances. Action, the difference, the cultures that may be out there. Are they like us? Do they develop like us?

Writing sci-fi romances is letting the imagintion go, of creating worlds that, who knows, may exist out there already. People, creations, traditions, warfare, weapons, exotic, space travel, limitless...all words that come to mind when writing and reading sci-fi romances.