So! In my Official Capacity as a writer of science fiction and fantasy, I hereby proclaim June 23 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Day! A day of celebration and wonder! A day for all of us readers of science fiction and fantasy to reach out and say thank you to our favorite writers. A day, perhaps, to blog about our favorite sf/f writers. A day to reflect upon how written science fiction and fantasy has changed your life.
So … what might you do on the 23rd to celebrate? Do you even read fantasy/sci-fi? Why? Why not?
I’ve occasionally wondered why science fiction and fantasy writing have such little appeal for me. Is it because I’m so bound to realty, so tethered to earth, that my mind refuses to suspend the disbelief necessary to fully engage in this type of fiction writing? Do I prefer reality based writing , the way my eyes are drawn to realistic artwork and my ears to tonal music, because it’s familiar and safe?
I have immense respect for sci-fi and fantasy writers, for the humongous leaps their imaginations have made into an alternate universe where no man has gone before. Occasionally I chastise myself for my lack of receptiveness to this genre, and urge myself to browse the sci-fi section at the bookstore.
But somehow I can never take the leap, and shy away at the last minute as I might do if someone were to hold the door of a rocket ship open and invite me in.
“Thank you, but no,” I would say, characteristically polite. “I’m sure it’s lovely out there, but I prefer to keep my feet firmly planted on the ground.”
Now tell me, if you read sci-fi or fantasy, what do you love about it? And if I were to screw up my courage and take a leap into this genre, where would be a good place to start?