What I Write and Why
I grew up reading Golden Age science fiction (sciFi). It was endlessly fascinating in its treatment of the social impacts of technology and the myriad ways civilization may evolve — but women had woefully circumscribed roles, and romance was absent or didn’t matter in most cases.
A sciFi lead today can be female, but it rarely matters. Often the sexes have no discernible interest in one another, and characters could have their genders reassigned at random with no impact on the story. That can make sense for a race of asexual aliens, but for humans? No. Characters like that are not people.
Much of today’s sciFi is space opera, with huge fleets of spaceships habitually reducing each other to drifting debris — which makes no Earthly (or un-Earthly) sense. If you have the resources for that, you don’t need the territory you’re trying to win. There was space opera in the Golden Age, but demolition was not all it cared about.
It’s my mission to write modern sciFi with old-style social relevance and characters that live, breathe, and (at times) desire one another. I hope The Fire Within has accomplished that.
E. E. (Doc) Smith: Triplanetary (The Lensman Series Book 1)
Clifford D. Simak: Time is the Simplest Thing
Tanith Lee: The Birthgrave
Robert Silverberg: To Live Again
Roger Zelazny: This Immortal
Roger Zelazny: Lord of Light
Isaac Asimov: The Gods Themselves
Gordon R. Dickson: Dorsai! (Childe Cycle Book 1)