Thursday, January 08, 2009

A Fresh New Year, Ready for Speculation

Happy New Year, everyone! I confess, I haven't been around much in the past few weeks. Between a deadline and family commitments, I really had to bury my head in the sand for awhile. As a result, I finished my M/M (of course I still have work left to do as it's become "book one of two"), and then succumbed to whatever creeping crud has been crawling around the elementary schools, YMCA, and grocery store in this town. I think my best Christmas present came around New Years, when I could finally draw a decent breath again. I really feel for horses, now, as sleeping standing up really bites.

At any rate, this fresh new year is a blank slate, and I thought I'd start it off with a little speculation on, well, speculative romance. I think we've been talking about writing, romance, storytelling, the market, etc., but it's been a while since we've talked about the science fiction aspect of SF romance.

So I'll start off with something I think that makes speculative fiction unique. Speculative fiction always seems to have something unusual. Now, it's becoming harder and harder these days to come up with something truly unusual--but the true gift of speculative fiction is that it gifts us with something startlingly unusual, like, say, a sentient tree (and yes, it's been done), yet still relates it to a part of the human experience that we can all relate to.

The best speculative fiction (and among the titles, I'm thinking Anne McCaffrey's Pern books) take our humanity and showcase it in strange and unusual situations and environments, and in so doing, remind us without a doubt, that part of being human is to dream, to reach, and to aspire.

1 comment:

Skylar Masey said...

I had the idea to include sentient tries in one of my alternate reality novels :0) And just heard of a writer penning books for MIRA that has a POV from a war horse this past weekend.

I love to imagine what could be, though sometimes it's scary. Like the topic broached by a friend this morning who wondered what could some really do with a blackberry?