Science Fiction is a unique genre that blends technology with Fantasy to create entire worlds and universes in the imaginations of readers and writers alike. It is far more than ordinary reality. It is a world of dreams, imagination and speculation. In essence, it is a universe of amazing possibilities the sparks fires of wonder in us.
Here is the seventh Science Fiction Taboo Writers Should Break
A Sense of Wonder
True Science fiction is imbued with Sense of Wonder. That’s what the puritan sci-fi experts say. The reader should be astounded, amazed and inspired. It is this sense of wonder that distinguishes Science Fiction from so many other related mainstream genres.
It is the direct product of daydreams and wanderings of the writer’s imagination. It will draw the reader into a feeling of awe and admiration about an infinite universe of what-if’s and possibilities. It is this sense of wonder that separates Science Fiction from other genres and makes young boys so addicted that we are still reading it when we are old men.
Here’s why I think this Science Fiction Taboo needs to be broken.
I don’t know about you but I can get bored pretty easily. I need to be challenged – A LOT! That was one of my big problems in school. The subjects were boring to me because they didn’t challenge me enough. However, science fiction was always calling me to new adventures and new challenges.
Later in my life I have discovered that much of the newer science fiction I read didn’t challenge me anymore. It’s too… What are the words I’m looking for? Cheerful and optimistic. The hero always wins and is always the perfect, good guy. It’s like Dudley Do-Right in space!
Personally, I want some real characters in real situations making choices that are never all good. No choice is always all right. Dread, fear, pessimism – they are all a part of every human, not just the villain. I want to see some Science Fiction that is full of dread and fear with no hope on the horizon. A world full of darkness and disappointment. What would that look like? Don’t limit yourself!
What do you think? Should Science Fiction always create a sense of wonder for the reader? Would you write a story in which the reader felt nothing but dread, fear and disbelief?
I’d love to hear your thoughts. You can leave leave a comment here…