I had a shocking thought today, that some people think this way about ALL science fiction , worse, they expect this with ALL science fiction, so I have to make this absolutely clear – and excuse me while I get shouty for a bit – I CANNOT read and WILL NOT write “Aren’t-we-an-awful-species” anti-human propaganda – Sorry, guys, I simply am not into “Let-me-show-you-how-bad-the-world-is-in-a-political-sense” sci-fi – It’s the very sci-fi I hated as a child and the very sci-fi that sent me into the world determined to write better (happier) sci-fi!
I am sure I’m not the only one to think the future will be a better place.
For years our fears have been that “things are getting worse”. Every generation since the 1800s has been taught that our future is going to be bad and it’s down hill from here on in. It doesn’t help if writers encourage it. It doesn’t have to pass from generation to generation, yet we as a species we seem to insist on doing it! Some people in our world today are doing their best to perpetuate that fear and to make such a negative prophesy come true, and they have brought much destruction and human misery – all of it pointless – but that still doesn’t mean we have to believe we have reached our height as human beings or that we have to accept that wonderful times are no longer ahead.
Yes, yes, I know, my own sci-fi has issues and challenges, of course it does – I even have a massive war going on between the Khekarians and the Chiddran – but I am not in the human-caused-this-or-that-doom-and-gloom of it, nor the hatred of it, and will never settle into the “Aren’t-we-awful!” type of story.
Frankly, that’s not fun. Not only is it not fun, I don’t want to go there. I especially don’t want to take you there. So, don’t come to me looking for doom-and-gloom. I don’t write dystopian science fiction!
I write about individuals and their strengths, from high places and low. Not necessarily heroes, any of them, but they have a sense of humor, they have loves and hates and worries and fears. They have goals and ambitions. I write escapism and adventure, yes, with sad bits and painful bits and bloody rough bits, yes, there has to be challenges, but you won’t find any trace of the “Let’s-hate-ourselves-some-more” sort.
We don’t need self-hatred, folks. We don’t need guilt. We don’t need anyone preaching that we are in any way “bad” or “wrong” or “lacking”. Guilt is a manipulative tool, pure and simple. If someone can make you feel guilty about something, you are more likely to self-sacrifice and hand over something they want (money or power over you). In other words, it’s a con. If you are feeling guilty for being alive, for being who you are or for having what you have – someone, somewhere is pulling your strings and is advancing themselves on your pain and your sacrifice. Don’t buy into it.
Wouldn’t things be a whole lot better all round, here and now, if we were not brought up on guilt? We have to stop hating humanity!
We CAN believe in a positive future and make it our own. Trusting things good for once instead of constantly looking for the bad would be a much healthier way to view life. Personally I rather like the future.
Oh, and trust nature while you’re at it. She’s been around a whole lot longer than humans and she knows the ropes. She has always looked after herself and we have always been too puny to interfere. So I don’t do “we’re-destroying-the-planet” type science fiction, either!
Okay, okay, I’ll stop shouting. I’ve bumped into one too many of the woe-is-me-sort, I guess (I confess, some of the blogs I follow are seriously political, although very much the “Let’s-turn-this-nonsense-around” types, looking to stop the negative hype we get drip-fed on a daily basis). Anyhow, I’ll calm down now and get back to having fun blogging.
I simply realized that, as I don’t write that sort of science fiction, everyone should be made aware of the fact.
Meanwhile – Enjoy life. Laugh in the face of a negative anything. Smile and all that. Here:
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