On Writing Rebels of Theta
By Vickie Adair
One day I got this bright idea to write a science fiction story, but that genre is very broad and not easily defined by most, even writers in the genre sometimes. So, I decided to do a little research on the genre itself before starting. In his pocket Guide to Literature and Language Terms, Benjamin W. Griffith defines science fiction as “A form of fantasy in fiction in which scientific theories, hypotheses, and logic are used to create settings on other planets and galaxies and to depict the future of Earth.”
According to Griffith, three categories of science fiction have been clearly defined: Hard Science Fiction where technology based on current scientific theories is the focal point, Sword and Sorcery where scientific theory is replaced with magic, and Galactic Fantasy where the science and technology are ultimately less important than the human story within that setting. Since I simply tell stories about people, Rebels of Theta is clearly in the Galactic category and deals with the potential evolution of humans.
While Rebels of Theta uses scientific theories of space travel and inter-planetary communication, the technology is incidental to the human story. Rather than spending time explaining the theories utilized, I used terms from science fiction’s “language of commonly accepted ideas” such as “the jump” to identify the theory of space travel in the novel, so that the focus could remain on characterization and plot.
Even though Griffith identifies Galactic Fantasy as “the most recent category of science fiction,” I suggest that what is now called Galactic Fantasy is, in fact, the original science fiction category. The modern books written in this style are very reminiscent of the works of Jules Verne, the undisputed father of science fiction. Not that I’m comparing myself to Jules Verne, but I do like to tell stories of action and fast plot with people as the focal point in a setting from my imagination.
Vickie Adair currently lives in San Marcos, Texas with the smartest dog on the planet. She was a technical and business writer and university writing instructor for decades until she “retired” at sixty to start publishing all those manuscripts of fiction and poetry that she had been writing and hiding in a drawer. Her first published book was an illustrated children’s book, Once Upon A Tooth…a Fairy’s Tale, and her second was a book of poetry, Sonnet of a Housewife, and other poems. Her first novel of her sci-fi trilogy, Rebels of Theta, is being released on Oct. 31, 2011.
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