Q&A Part 35: Why Sci Fi?

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@StephanieTullis asks: I'm starting to branch out more and read books outside of my comfort areas. So far, I like time travel and steampunk scifi the best. Beth, what caused you to fall in love with science fiction?

Yay for branching out more! You never know what you're going to get. I just read an adult literary novel called My Real Children by Jo Walton, and it was amazing--not at all the sort of book I'd pick up on my own, but I'm so glad a friend recommended it to me!

I think good sci fi television caused me to fall in love with science fiction. It wasn't books--I was intimidated by sci fi books and thought that they were all the same--big, thick volumes of highly technical stuff. I'd tried Robert Heinlein before and was bored to tears, I'd tried some of my husbands sci fi books, but he likes things that are very techy and I didn't. I didn't know that there were other types of sci fi (soft sf, space opera), but I did know I liked sci fi television.

Growing up, we had Star Trek: The Next Generation, and I liked it a lot. Then later, we had Firefly and Doctor Who. And, of course, the movies: Star Wars in particular for me. I loved these shows and movies, and but when I had an idea that involved writing characters on a space ship, I was very intimidated. I went to some friends and my husband and said, "I can't write this book, I know nothing about science fiction."

"But you love sci fi," my husband said.

"What are you talking about? I don't read it."

"But you watch it." 

And just like that, I realized that I'd liked sci fi all along. And when I started really looking, I found books in that genre that were already there, waiting for me. And since then, so many more YA sci fi books have been published, and it's amazing! 

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