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The Genesis Of My Next Sci-fi Novel

Just because I’m still rewriting Magellan’s Navigator doesn’t mean I’m not planning my next Sci-fi work.

First there comes the concept, the germ, the seed of an idea. Many book ideas surface in my head, but an idea takes a second  and writing a book takes months. So I must thin these seedling ideas, so the best can grow.

It all starts with what if?

What if the protagonist thinks they’re human, but they’re really an A.I., or maybe they are human, or something else entirely, like an alien. My reader will take this journey of self-discovery with my protagonist set against a little space opera and a little romance.

Think Blade Runner meshed with Old Man’s War.

Future blogs will discuss my own journey in first designing and plotting this book, and then writing it. There are many things to decide. Whose and how many points of views should I use? What events propel the plot? What is the “world” in which the story takes place?

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My Science Fiction Reading Quest


When I started writing science fiction, I realized how dated my reading in the genre was. It was time to get reading. I started with the Hugo Award winners and nominees. I didn’t read all of them. I didn’t even like some, which emphasizes how reading is such a personal thing and a book one person loves, another might hate. For me, I’ll take a good plot and straightforward writing.


This reading quest led me to John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, Vernor Vinge’s A Fire Upon the Deep, and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game among others. I also read some classics that somehow I missed, like Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five. Currently I’m the fantasy/science fiction world of Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light, which I first read years ago.


Over the next weeks, author by author I’ll explore my experiences on this reader’s quest.




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