STRUGGLING TO GET IT WRITE: THE SCIENCE FICTION LANDSCAPE

March 10, 2015 at 7:33 pm 1 comment

I write from southeastern Pennsylvania, approximately ten miles from Valley Forge, 100 miles from Gettysburg and, perhaps, thousands of years into the future. I am a science fiction writer living in a land of history. In my area, people hold firmly to the past, tenaciously some might say. Preserving houses built hundreds of years ago and land once walked by soldiers in long ago wars.

Yet I, a writer of science fiction, deal in a future denied of the past, where structures gleam of metal and glass and little of the past kept sacred. Perhaps it is time for a reality check. Often, science fiction book covers depict futuristic cities gleaming in their modernism. Yet the reality does not conform to this image, the present truth. The year is 2015, yet how many of us readers of science fiction, the timeline has already past. Think of the years 1984, 2001, 2010, to name but a few of the significant dates in science fiction. Now, look around you and compare the story to the reality.

Nineteen eighty-four is one date which rings most true. In our ever-increasing need for technology and connection to the communication grid, we have given up our freedom as an individual.   Barely a day goes by without the revelation of immense security breaches, all our personal information gone. What I find frightening is that we live in a world where we don’t know who ‘big brother’ is. Is he a computer genius youth, a foreign government, or some criminal out to make a buck? In the end, except for monetary loss, what difference does it make? The difference is, our life is revealed.

Sorry, my mind wondered, back on topic, the futuristic element of science fiction and the fact that some of that future is already here.

As mentioned earlier, the area where I live is steeped in history and clings to the past. How does the need to hold onto the past meld with science fiction? I think that connection of the past and science fiction is kept alive in the relatively new genre of steampunk, a sub-genre of science fiction which I will not attempt. My mind does not twist in that direction. However, steampunk is alive and growing and I’ve included a link to further your understanding of the genre.

Interestingly, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells are referred to in this article as authors writing in the imagery of steampunk.

This piece is just my thinking of the world of science fiction, keeping the past alive, and what direction reality is taking.

 

http://www.ministryofpeculiaroccurrences.com/what-is-steampunk/

 

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  • 1. andrewknighton  |  March 11, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I think the past can also play a role in scifi when you take the time to show the remains of the past within a future setting. After all, modern cities still contain old buildings, and adding run down tenements or ancient monuments can make a future landscape feel more real.

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