Strange Days Waiting: The stories of Endless Summer

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.

So there.

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. 

 

About MishaBurnett

I am the author of "Catskinner's Book", a science fiction novel available on Amazon Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008MPNBNS
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1 Response to Strange Days Waiting: The stories of Endless Summer

  1. Dave Higgins says:

    “I can’t support every single speculative element with documentation, but in general the science is plausible.”

    This, I feel, might be the best we can ever do with Hard SciFi. Any reputable scientist will freely admit that what is considered scientifically possible is actually a matter of plausibility not certainty; so making the science “hard” in a story can only ever be extrapolation based on the general or specific state of scientific knowledge.

    Ironically, in the same way that fiction dialogue and actual speech differ, too much reliance on something being actually correct might even be counter productive: while one cannot generalise any audience, the group of readers who research every point to see if it can be supported is likely to be small compared to those who make a visceral judgement based on what they feel is correct about science.

    Of course, one can include references to existing science that supports the speculative application, but that runs into the issue of only a diminishing proportion of readers enjoying more exposition.

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