Indie e-Con 2018 Author Panel - Sci-Fi
Welcome to tomorrow! That's right, folks, we're talking about sci-fi, which is a fun genre that I used to hate. Don't ask me why, but I disliked it - until I read C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy and Sarah Holman's Destiny. Now I'm writing it. Can't promise any dates on when it'll be published, because I've not finished a draft of it ... just know that I've puttered about with it.
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Favorite thing about Science Fiction:
Science fiction allows writers and readers to explore ideas in foreign landscapes. Whether it is drilling down to what makes us human in a struggle to survive against hostile elements, framing moral dilemmas in the social structure of an alien race, fighting the injustice of an over policed, oppressive, or anarchic government, or exploring the ways technology can be used or misused, they all can affect today. The decisions we make now affect the future. Science fiction is a way to extrapolate today's ideals to their extreme conclusion or invite the readers to consider decisions that they have not even dreamed of yet. It is an opportunity to ask "What if..." and explore it the idea to its ultimate conclusion. Science fiction is a genre of exploration into the unknowns of the future without leaving the comforts of your home.
And representing Steampunk ...
Why do you write steampunk?
While I'm primarily a fantasy genre, I find the gadgets and gears of Steampunk to fit really well with another (non-book) genre I really like: adventure games. I love computer games that drop me into a strange environment and then have me solve puzzles to put together the story or get out of the trap by flipping levers and turning dials. The often impractical tech of steampunk provides a lot of room for this. So when I essentially wanted to write a series that read like an escape room meets a serial adventure, Steampunk was the obvious choice. I also really like the fashion, of course. The aesthetics are very pleasing and instantly recognizable.
What is your favorite thing about steampunk?Steampunk comes out of an area of Victorian optimism where progress is a common theme. I like that. I like playing with the idea of characters who through work ethic and grit can shape the world around them and carve out a life. I also think the conflicts of the time, humanity vs technology, are interesting. In the industrial revolution, people faced being replaced by machines. Factories dirties up the cities. It was all in the name of progress and it lead to a lot of good happening, but in the there and now it must've felt like the modern world was out to chew you up at times. This provides something both for characters to strive for and struggle against.
Rachel Rossano is available for questions, if you have any for her, and H.L. Burke might pop by and answer a few if you're desperate.