I write mainly science fiction and fantasy. I grew up reading both, though for a long time I was a bit of a SciFi snob. You know the type "Why do they have FANTASY on the same shelf as the SCIENCE FICTION!? It's SACRILEGE I TELL YOU!"
I love both Scifi and fantasy. I go through phases where I read more of one than the other but I think I love both equally. I realized early one that I did read fantasy, even if I was a SciFi snob. Some of the books that really have influenced me are Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Lewis and his Narnia books as well as Lloyd Alexander and his Prydain books. Of course I read Niven and his books, Asimov, Clarke, and many other classic Science Fiction authors as well.
Right now I am working on a SciFi book. It is a hard boiled detective tale, one that is spun out between the stars. Can't wait to finish it.
After I plan on working on a much delayed Fantasy novel. I hope to go back and forth with every other book.
Hi everyone! I enjoy reading both sci-fi and fantasy, but as a writer, I'm firmly in the fantasy genre. I'm not sure I'm scienctificly minded enough to write sci-fi. Fantasy is easier because I can make things up as I go *L*
I don't think you have to be scientifically minded to write SciFI. I am hardly a scientist and I love writing Science Fiction. Hard SciFi is the type that uses pure science (as we know it at the moment) as the base for everything in the story, but that isn't necessarily how all science fiction is created. Take CS Lewis' SciFI Trilogy for example - he didn't really explain much in a scientific sense. Science can be just "Futuristic" as well.
I just know I have a harder time making up sci-fi stories, my mind just doesn't work that way. I'm much better with fantasy.
I tend to go between scifi and fantasy pretty easily. But I am not a technical Science writer either. In SciFI I know there has to be some kind of science behind the 'things' going on, but I don't really present it. I tend to write it like people live now: Most people that use the internet don't know the science behind the data speeding back and forth. Things just are and are used. But I also do that with fantasy as well: Magic and such are just there. However it is easier to figure out why things work in Fantasy sometimes, because I can just make stuff up.
I think that for me, sci-fi would require a lot more research than my fantasy stuff. Plus in all the 20+ years I've been writing, I've written one sci-fi story. It was my first story and it was an obvious rip-off of Star Wars.
All my ideas fall in the range of fantasy, so that's what I write.
I'd argue that Star Wars is more futuristic Fantasy than Scifi, but I know those that would disagree. I've written a variety of stories, though Right now I'm working on a hard boiled detective novel set on a generation ship. I have no idea how things work all the time, but I think the idea is great, heh. (If I do say so myself XD)
My novel that I'm going to start editing as soon as my final exams are done is a post-apocalyptic novel with magic and a hint of steampunk (through just the steam part, no victorian age people).
Well steampunk can be separated from the Victorian roots, I believe. To me it is just a cool idea for a setting, I don't think there are rules that have to be followed or else the steampunk police will come after you XD. I love the idea of steampunk but I also like taking it out of the victorian trappings.
I actually gave them a whole new name - the basis of my story is that all the technology in the world suddenly won't work anymore. The steampunk element is a group of people who use steam to try and get some of the old technologies to work. They have mixed results.
What is the name of your steam punks?
They are called Mechareaves
cool name. I like it :)