My genre of choice is science fiction. Not Sci-fi/fantasy. Just science fiction. Where there is a plausible scientific explanation for everything. It’s not limiting, it’s merely verifying that which doesn’t currently exist could exist, if our scientists were only smart enough to figure it out. My favorite shows are Eureka, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Warehouse 13, Fringe…and there are not enough stories like them. Most of them exist in the obscure pages of comic books.
What excites me and is the reason behind my desire to write science fiction is the possibility that in the midst of our reality is a scientifically advanced culture that exists just under the surface of our awareness. (Probably controlled by private global corporations outside of the supervision of the government.) I like to imagine that, just like in any culture, there are rogue bad guys rebelling from the good guys, or vice versa, battling it out right in front of our eyes, the consequences of which are covered up by the globally-controlled media (obviously, owned by said global corporations) with cover stories so we’re unaware of what’s really going on.
That the political controversies, public events, movies, sports, etc. the mass population is obsessed with is actually a sham to distract us from what’s really going on. Those who are not controlled by said shams are made to feel alienated. The majority of the alienated are still seduced into the sham by stroking their egos with grades, rewarding them with degrees, and letting them be in control over departments at universities or institutions that reiterate and substantiate their own feelings of importance, all the while being controlled through funding that is only given for research that doesn’t threaten that status quo of control by said corporations. But should the alienated attempt to disrupt the status quo, they’re harassed, drugged, discredited and/or invalidated so that none of their opinions are ever taken seriously.
Then I like to imagine… what could really be going on? Most of the theories I like to come up with date back to ancient stories, archaeological mysteries, the French Revolution, Civil War, or World Wars. An epic story could probably tie them all together into one plot!
Science fiction, to me, allows the reader to broaden their horizons while still being entertained through mystery and suspense, my other favorite genres. Thus, my goal is to produce something akin to my favorites. Something that’s just as exciting to write as it is to read because it uncovers my favorite imagined conspiracies of ancient mysteries and modern tech.