M Pax, author of Precipice, is our guest today sharing about writing Science Fiction…
Here are lessons I keep in mind when creating a new story:
- The universe will end in a whisper not a bang. Twist what’s expected on its head. Lesson by Arthur C. Clarke.
- Don’t panic. Fun and drama go well together says Douglas Adams
- The strange abounds on this planet and inspiration is waiting everywhere. Frank Herbert was inspired by sand dunes in Florence, Oregon. I find Oregon has a lot of inspiration.
- Science matters no matter how far-fetched the story. Robert Heinlein always had an interesting mix of bizarre and science in his stories.
- Ground the fantastic in the here and now and what’s happening around us. Kurt Vonnegut was great at weaving the fantastic and mundane together.
Ray Bradbury’s pearls of wisdom are everywhere. He was an extremely prolific writer who advised the writer to write a lot. It’s sound advice.
What I learned from all of these gifted writers is, at the heart of science fiction is the exploration of humanity. The stories and examinations are done through elaborate sets and far-out encounters, but at the foundation lays the drama of society and humans.
By facing the unknown, we learn who we truly are and who we aspire to be. Every one of these writers inspired me to imagine and to think, to ponder huge questions and to enjoy the pondering. Their stories still make me think, and I try to stuff some of the wonder they gave me into the stories I write.
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About the Book Precipice by M Pax
In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendants to survive in a harsh universe. This is the sixth book in the science fiction series, The Backworlds. A space opera adventure.
The genocidal alien he had trapped breaks free, destroying a ship belonging to the Backworlds’ oldest enemy, the Fo’wo’s. The murderous alien wants to overtake the galaxy. The Fo’wo’s want another war.
The Backworlds’ best chance to survive is to overcome a century of hate and forge an alliance with the Fo’wo’s. Because of his history with the alien, Craze is recruited to represent his people. Now he’s the most hated man in the galaxy.
The looming war will be a holocaust unless he can stop it, knowing salvation comes at a price.
Boing Boing gives The Backworlds 5 stars! “This is a fun, fast paced novel that reminded me a bit of early Heinlein”.
About the Author
M. Pax is author of the space adventure series The Backworlds and the contemporary science fiction series The Rifters, plus other novels and short stories. Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons to her, and she blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers as a star guide, has a cat with a crush on Mr. Spock, and is slightly obsessed with Jane Austen.
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