There are a plethora of genres in the field of writing; a world of wonders and imagination for every taste: science fiction, horror, fantasy, comedy, romance, westerns, historical drama, and a myriad of sub-genres within these categories, as well.
I am proud to say I have ‘dipped my pen’ in most of them. What’s the point of just learning how to swim, if you don’t – swim? And though I have written stories in most of these categories, I must say I have a soft spot in my heart for writing science fiction, such as my novel Cherries in Winter, published by Kellan Publishing. And I have tried my hand at creating stories within this genre’s two main sub-genres: hard science fiction, which is technical and plausible, as personified by Arthur C, Clarke’s science fiction novel 2001: A Space Odyssey; and soft science fiction, a sort of magical realism; an example being the classic novel The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury.
But someone once asked me: why? Why exactly do you like writing science fiction, more than other genres? And I answered him by saying that I like to create worlds that do not exist – but might; characters that weren’t real – but could be; and cosmic situations that never happened – but someday could.
I told my inquisitive friend, that a writer, particularly one writing science fiction, is like a god – creating, destroying, altering, then creating again. And I have often wondered – in my overactive imagination – if, when I go to sleep at night, if my characters keep looking at their watches – frozen in time – waiting for the morning, when their creator could breathe life into them once again—to move, to love – to be!
I may not wear the mantle of creator very well at all times. Oh yes, it’s a big responsibility, to be sure! The great thing though, is that there is ample room for a myriad of ‘creators’. All you have to do is go outside on some warm summer’s night, gaze heavenward, and wonder – what if?
~Jeffrey G. Roberts