I have a quick announcement! From now on (or at least a lot of the time) all of our weeks will have a theme. This weeks theme is *drumroll* Sci-fi!
(Quick note: The rest of this is entirely my opinion. I know others who would say differently about some of the stuff I have to say.)
Now. To the point of this post. I don’t do sci-fi. At all. I don’t know why, but my friends know that I write fantasy, therefore they think that I can write sci-fi stories for them. This isn’t the case.
You see, in my opinion there is a distinct line between sci-fi and fantasy. For example; sci-fi in my mind is generally very technologically advanced, generally involves other planets/aliens, and does not have magic. Fantasy, on the other hand, is generally not very advanced (I mean, they still have the wheel and whatnot, but you won’t see them driving around in cars or surfing around the internet unless it’s Urban Fantasy or some other sub-genre; I write High/Epic Fantasy), it generally takes place on a single planet, and magic is almost a necessity.
But this is just comparing hard sci-fi to Epic Fantasy. There’s also a light kind of sci-fi; this generally involves super heroes, or mutants. These could very definitely be close to fantasy: who’s to say that their superpowers aren’t actually magic? Who’s to say that it wasn’t magic mixed with some machine that got them to where they are? No one, that’s who. And there’s also steam punk, and urban fantasy, both sub-genres. They’ve definitely involved some sci-fi technology in those.
Um… I had a thought track going. But it disappeared. Oh well, I’m sure you’ve read enough of my ramblings to know that it wouldn’t be that great anyway. So, until next time!