Speculative Fiction is Finding its Feet


… this rather new genre explores subjects many prefer to ignore …

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Posted on June 6, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Are you saying that other fiction genres do not deal with such topics? If so, why do you think that is the case? If you have dealt with them, was it difficult to base your novel, which is fiction on scientific data? You are a scientist. How do you think purists will respond to your speculations?

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  2. A few fiction novels do deal with issues of government, such as Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”. There are many Science Fiction novels, which are a type of Speculative Fiction, that deal with future technology but fewer that explore social issues, such as population and immigration, as does my book and fewer again that address psychological change such as dematerialism and meditation. Whereas science fiction authors such as Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Michael Chrichton and Ursula Le Guin write about mainly non-human changes that could happen within science, my story arc has mainly changes in human behaviour, social structures and psychology. Although they may not yet have happened within science, unlike their changes, I predict they could. There are some trends in these directions. My setting is so far ahead my predictions are not scientific forecasts but speculation.
    I am not familiar with the term ‘purist’ in this context – would you elaborate please.

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