(Quote) Dawn-58330 said: Hi Carlos. I have an English Literature degree, so my reading habits cover a vast array of...
(Quote) Dawn-58330 said:
I have an English Literature degree, so my reading habits cover a vast array of the Dewey Decimal System.
I do like Sci-fi, though I go through phases. Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite authors. I love the Enders series. I do think his books are helpful. They raise pertanent moral questions. I recommended them to my teenage students.
I also like Asimov, Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, Robert Jordan, Rod Sterling, Madeleine L'Engle, Ursula LeGuin, and several others. I think Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series raises some very timely questions for us to ponder.
I could go on. And then there is the field of sci-fi television and movies. George Lucas and Gene Roddenberry have made a huge impact on our culture. They were visionaries with their Star Wars and Star Trek series. Stargate and Babylon5 have touched on much of their work. Lucas' stories are very archetypal, which means they contain profound truths.
Ultimately any good story is really an imitation of the Greatest Story Ever Told. I believe there is a lot of our faith covered in really good sci-fi. Sci-fi tends to be visionary-- it explores where we could be going as a society. The world building that writers do in sci-fi is for the purpose of taking the societal issues of our day out of the context of our culture and placing them in foreign worlds so that we can see things better. The writers I mentioned have done that, which is why I enjoy their work.
As for a social stigma... There is one??? I guess I have so many friends, writers and readers, who are avid readers of sci-fi-- far more than I am-- that I just see it as equal billing as mystery, adventure, horror, and romance. It's all fiction-- some of it good and some bad.
thanks for your post. Much appreciated! I've also read Ender's Game. I liked the story, I just didn't like the vocabulary the children used and violence. Sure it serves a purpose, but for someone as great as Scott Card,whom I admire from his "How to write" books, I would have liked a more poetic language. That's something I've noticed about Star Wars for example. The kind of language used can be read but not spoken outloud. It keeps you suspended in that universe. The same goes with Lord of the Rings: you feel that you're not in this world.
As I said before, there is either a social stigma, or I've had very bad luck. Besides all of you who have responded to my post and another Cm member I write to, have been the only women who seem to enjoy this. The most I've gotten from a woman has been to talk about Twilight. I'm not the greatest fan of this story, but I still like it. But when you mention spaceships, and laser guns, they look at you as if you were a Martian. I think I should find a woman who likes this, or at least is so smart that she can tolerate it, or at least see how important those stories are.
I'm currently correcting a science fantasy novel I wrote, and in order to make it as good as possible, I've had to research from the common sci-fi and fantasy lore( Dune, Foundation, Star Wars, Narnia, LOTR) to mythology(Nibelungen, Beowulf, King Arthur, Theogony, Edda), to history( from the battles of Thermopolis to Stalingrad and beyond), to astronomy and other sciences. I happen to be an avid reader ofthe classics. I just reread the Illiad, am now reading Dicken's A tale of two cities and Pride and Prejudice. Not long ago I watched Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungen Opera and Shakespeare's Macbeth by Orson Welles.
I had a question for you Dawn: Do you think that in order to be a good writer you necessarily need the degree you have? I previously majored in microbiology and am now specializing in Environmental Management. English is not my mother tongue, but I've showed my stories to several people, and they like them so far. What would you say?