Kick ass women, technology and the male anatomy. Don’t you just love scifi, fantasy and PNR?
My first novella is paranormal, I have another PNR drafted and my current WIP is science fiction. Why do I love these genre’s so much? The easy answer is imagination. These types of stories let your mind (and body) explore infinite places, experience countless possibilities, meet species whose cultural norms both tantalize and terrify. In sum, they force us to consider what it means to be human when conditions change, to continuously recognize that there is not just one way to be, to look, to behave, to think, to feel. Lifting the rules we get stuck in every day to discover who we really is liberating on sum fundamental level of existence.
As a writer and a reader, there are a few other serious perks to hanging out in these genres.
Build new worlds
Creating new species, new planets, and figuring out cultures whole cloth is just plain good fun. It’s like a great big puzzle with no beginning or end. The writer’s job is to define those puzzle edges before the rest of the picture falls into place. As a reader, I love to see how those new worlds unfold, how authors innovate with humanity, myth and science.
Play What if
Both these genres allow us ask the what if questions and play with the answers:
- What if we could shift into another form?
- What if aliens came to earth?
- What if we could move through time?
No Limits on the Male Anatomy
Ever notice that the male anatomy in shifters, vampires, aliens and other paranormal creatures don’t always play by the same rules. The can go all night. Nuff said.
Scifi and fantasy were some of the first genres to deal explicitly with female power as a good thing. For that, it will always own a piece of my literary heart.
Explore the boundaries of science and myth
When did the paranormal or scifi bug hit you? Why do you like it so much?