Technology

Technology is one of the elements that make the difference between fantasy and SF. I have resolved to give up one of my fantasy elements as a major character and thus taking out the one thing that made this trilogy of stories a cross-over instead of pure SF. I prefer to us the initials SF because in my eyes my stories are more speculative fiction than they are science fiction. Characters drive the stories instead of the science behind it.

I am a bit of a tech geek, so researching and creating new technology is totally cool in my world. One of the things that I love about SF is that authors give you gems in the little things. I try to insert technology in the mundane routine of a character’s day without drawing a big star above it and saying, “Hey! Look at this, I’m using technology here.”

A great story will have the tech as a part of every day life. In the world that I am creating, technology has allowed the people to see what makes them sick (i.e. virus, bacteria) and they are able to combat most things so that they develop a phobia about getting sick. It is such a major fear that it drives the making of boundaries between towns, and health levels are strictly enforced. The society struggles with how to combat this fear by using technology to “see” everything that they can but still retain their humanity.

I now have a clear idea of how to separate the towns and cities, but my technology is not fleshed out. It would be great to have some comments with ideas of how this may happen.

Book Review

Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler’s Wife
DB57102

A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare’s passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger’s cinematic storytelling that makes the novel’s unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.

An enchanting debut and a spellbinding tale of fate and belief in the bonds of love, The Time Traveler’s Wife is destined to captivate readers for years to come.

I adore this book! While I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, the people I would recommend it to would fall in love with this story. It was on my radar after I had heard different reviews back when the book came out, my reading list is so long that it took me a while to get to it. I actually saw the movie first and it made me go and pull this off my to-read list and start it. I’m not usually into romance stories, but this was so complex and took you up and down and around and all about the story that I was captivated. Even though I had watched the movie and knew what the ending would be, the journey to get there was filled with surprises and great little gems that the movie could never include or convey in the way that you can when reading a story.

This book is now on my to-read-again list.

PS This was supposed to be published on Friday, but when I checked it had been set for October 6.