Since the publication of my science fiction adventure, The Arasmith Certainty Principle, by Double Dragon Publishing in Oct 2018, I’ve had the opportunity to write a couple of guest blogs. The first addresses some of my thoughts on what good science fiction should be about and the second offers a “page 69 excerpt challenge”. You can check them out below!
The Best of What We Might be Rather Than the Worst of What We Are
Good science fiction exposes human foibles!
Some science fiction writers have the ability to explore the problems and challenges in our present society, defusing our inherent tendency to take ideological sides by placing the story in a galaxy far, far away, or perhaps in another time or situation. For example, right now I’m reading the book The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, a science fiction book that explores issues of racism, sexism, and religious prejudices within the context of a global catastrophe taking place in a revisioned past. I am finding the insights into our present social challenges to be sensitive to the complexity of real-life.
Read more at World of My Imagination!
An Excerpt from The Arasmith Certainty Principle
It’s always hard for an author to get a ‘feel’ for his or her own writing, so, in an effort to measure my own story, I recently played the Marshall McLuhan Page 69 game. Marshall McLuhan was a Canadian intellectual who supposedly said that if you want to find out what a book is like before you read it, turn to page 69 and read that page. I was somewhat surprised to find that page 69 (from the print version of The Arasmith Certainty Principle) faithfully captures some of the story’s juxtaposition of ordinary and extraordinary. Check out the excerpt below and see if you agree!
Read more at Tympest Books!
The Arasmith Certainty Principle is available at the publishers website http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/single.php?ISBN=1-77115-431-4
Dr. C (Russ Colson)