Apologies for the absence! I’ve had about three rounds of colds and flu in a row, gotten myself a day job for the Christmas season, made it as a finalist for a TV concept development thing (it’s hard to summarise in a few words, but it’s a big yay with potential yays to come. So yay!) aaand I’ve been writing. I’ve also been playing a lot of video games, but that’s less exciting to talk about.
Writing! In between working in my happy comfort zone on some short and short-ish fantasy/fairytale stories (I’m completely fascinated by witches at the moment, so prepare for some of those), I’ve been immersing myself in the exciting, terrifying, occasionally weird, not-always-entirely-scientifically-sound worlds of science fiction and dystopia.
Remember that short story I posted a while back about the girl being launched on a one way mission into space a while back? Well, now it’s going to be a young adult three part sci-fi/dystopian series with a potential standalone spin off. Which isn’t ambitious at all.
I’ve been a fan of science-fiction for most of my life. I grew up with Star Trek: The Next Generation and then graduated to Stargate in my teens. I watched my brothers play with Star Wars toys until I was old enough to steal them and I remember Mum taking me to see all three remastered editions of them in the mid-nineties (I’m not very old, so that’s comparatively similar to seeing the originals as a kid the first time round), The Fifth Element is one of my desert island films, and I will watch Flash Gordon all the way through without fail every time it’s on TV. Which has been twice this year so far.
But this is my first time writing it. And while I’m really enjoying throwing myself at a brand new challenge, every now and then I think of what I’ve taken on as my second novel – a girl and a robot locked in a metal tube on a one way trip to a new planet – and it scares the absolute pants off me.
So I’m keeping myself deep in that space frame of mind. I’m re-watching my favourite movies, watching Cosmos and reading Chris Hadfield’s latest book to learn more about the realities of space and space travel, I’m reading Asimov and LeGuin to refresh myself on the greats of the genre while also surrounding myself with exciting new young adult sci-fi works to keep myself inspired and aware of what’s happening in the genre right now. The Lunar Chronicles and The Starbound Trilogy are two series I’m particularly excited about, even though they don’t have much in common with my concept other than awesome young ladies in space – a trend I’m so on board with.
So what are your favourite science fiction books and movies? What do you think I should be reading or watching to keep myself in that sci-fi frame of mind?