Given how one short story sale fell through this year I wanted to make sure this actually went through before I mentioned it: my #scifi #shortstory “A New Genome” was released in the 49th Parallels anthology from Bundoran Press, which is a prestigious Canadian scifi publisher.
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Imagine you are on a cruise in a top-of-the line submarine with cutting edge technology. You are introduced to a world of wonders and scientific marvels, but your cruise keeps going on and on to the point it’s no longer fun anymore and you’re starting to doubt the sanity of your captain. This isn’t a critique of Jules Vernes writing, but a description of the plot. Some may not want this cruise to ever end, but others may prefer to move on. Yet you’ve got to give Jules Verne’s kudos for inventing the concept of submarines in the first place and the other technology inside it. I can’t help envying his scope and vision.
I found some anthropomorphic prompts that can almost write themselves, confirmation of Viking sheildmaidens and what could be the possible birth of a new folklore story a writer can start crafting.
Dr. Moreau strikes me as a more ambitious and unrepentant Dr. Frankenstein. He tortures his creations for his experiments yet they do not rebel against and are lost when he is defeated by the protagonist who uncovers his work and shuts him down. Perhaps the animalmen would’ve been less simple minded if they’d been human to begin with? Dr. Moreau makes a good supervillain character and is the one who standouts in this story.
I found some worldbuilding prompts that may be enough to spark stories in and of themselves or at least be a springboard for scifi stories.
You’ve got to give H.G. Wells for inventing science fiction. There was more tolerance
for infodumps in his age because of greater attention spans and the fact that Wells had
to educate his audience on the scientific concepts that underlied his fiction.
The Time Traveller becomes the Eloi’s champion against the Morlocks both of which
are products of human devolution. Lovecraft would’ve had the Time Traveller horrified
by this glimpse future and scarred by it. I like the fact the Time Traveller is an
intrepid soul. He comes back to tell is story as a warning and then goes back to
travelling when his story isn’t believed and supposedly tries to proactively create a more hopeful possibility for mankind.
It’s a mixed bag this #Folklore Thursday: Folklore still has things to teach modern humanity, but sometimes superstitions can be alarming.