The Kickstarter for my latest short fiction collection, Endless Summer, is now live.
Now, I’ve gone on record in this blog as saying that I am not a Science Fiction writer. So what does it mean that this collection is described as “Twelve Strange Tales Of Mankind’s Future”?
It means that I don’t feel any obligation to be consistent and that I will write Science Fiction stories if I darned well feel like it.
But what do I mean by “Science Fiction”? Am I sneaking in some kind of William Burroughs style stream of semi-consciousness rant and gluing some rocket ships on it?
No, actually, these are real SF stories. They are stories in which speculative technology plays a pivotal role in the story.
I have a time travel story about a man sent back to try to stop a nuclear war, and one about alien visitors. I explore the possible uses of surveillance systems for entertainment, look at a potential downside of self-piloting motor vehicles, set a police thriller inside a geothermal power plant the size of a city, nearly end all life on Earth with three separate bio-engineered plagues, and then repopulate the devastated human race twice, using two approaches. And I wrap it all up with a tale of human migration to another star system.
I would call these “Hard SF” stories. I can’t support every single speculative element with documentation, but in general the science is plausible.
More plausible than, say, Ringworld, anyway.
I like to think, though, that they are stories about people. Human beings who live in a different time, in different worlds, but still have the basic desires that we have carried with us through all of human history.
Love. Hope. Fear. Rage. Curiosity. What makes us who we are doesn’t change, no matter what else does.
The fundamental things apply…
…as time goes by.