One of my favorite book genres is sci-fi. Growing up, I loved reading Star Wars (fanfic) novels. I used to work at Macy’s when I was 16 and on my breaks I would go downstairs in the mall to Walden Books (is that store still around?) and select a new Star Wars novel to read. I was a little ticked when I found out Disney “de-canonized” all of those great books!
In addition to Star Wars novels, I’m a fan of H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, George Orwell, and R.A. Dick (to name a few). I also love the horror sub-genre attached to some of the older sci-fi classics, especially those works by H.G. Wells like “The Time Machine” and “The Island of Dr. Moreau.” I don’t encounter too many other fans of these classics, which is why I’m always excited when I meet someone who shares my interest in these fascinating stories.
One of my teachers from high school recently wrote me an email in response to reading my novel. Here’s some of what he said (I edited it for spoilers):
“The dreamscape plot was twisty enough to keep me guessing and engaged. It felt like an original take on an established sci fi/horror sub-genre and I felt it resolved itself well. Overall, your world-building details seem to be your biggest strength; the weirdly steampunk-ish origins of the dream machine were doled out nicely a little at a time and the video-game interface was established organically in the story.”
You can imagine how pleased I was to find that someone actually understood what I was trying to achieve in this story! It’s not an easy thing to explain to people who don’t know the genre and I’m afraid the publishing industry doesn’t have a category for “weird,” which is how some of my readers have classified my book. (Incidentally, if you do like “weird” stories, you should check out “The Child of 100 Years.”)
Do you like sci-fi novels? What are some of your favorite authors/books?