A guest post I wrote for Chris, The Story Reading Ape
When I am asked to describe my work in terms of genre, I usually say “Science Fiction”, but I have to go on to explain that it may not be the sort of Science Fiction that most people are familiar with. I consider myself firmly in the New Wave Movement, which unfortunately peaked nearly a half century ago in the 1970’s. Consequently modern readers who are familiar with what I call “Post-Star Wars Sci-Fi” often expect something very different.
So what is New Wave Science Fiction (aside from no longer accurately named)? Like most artistic movements, it began as a reaction to what had gone before. The Science Fiction of the post-war pulp era had become rather formulaic, relying on standard tropes of rocket ships and blasters and galactic empires battling evil aliens—boy’s adventure stories in space with bug-eyed monsters taking the place of pirates and savages. Not that all…
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