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March 2017



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Maybe I should write some New Space Opera.

Maybe that's what Undertow is missing.

Screw this pseudo-rigorous science fiction. I need more sensawunda in my life. I need a book with space battles! And people who can manipulate probability with their minds. And hundred-kilometer-long starships. And Galactic Trading Companies, and telepathic Space Leviathans. And frogboygirls in space.

And cat slaves.*

Hmm. All that, and a caper novel too.

Yeah, I can do that.


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You know, for this readership of one, I think you're dead on. I respect rigorous science fiction, sometimes a bit dutifully. But there's nothing about the rigorous science of it which gives me any joy.

And you know, I'm not a scientist, but I'm not an ignoramus, either. I minored in physics in college and all that. And when something catches hold of a particular feature of science that's real and inspires the writer, I enjoy the heck out of that.

But on the whole, reading something which the author had a blast writing is way better than any 'good' science, anyhow. You know that - it's about the story, and the story is made of people, and the people are made up of their world, and the technology and understanding of the bones of the universe are part of their world, but usually only a small part.

And I think a caper novel is the *perfect* vehicle for space opera.

What was your footnote about cat slaves going to be? As Davy in the 'Anne' books continually says, "I want to know."
Ah, just found the footnote. Okay, maybe not. But you could still have cats! It is my firm opinion that science fiction contains too few cats. Maybe you need a futuristic crazy cat lady!
Did you make that icon?
I did! If you want to steal it, feel free. *g*


So, is that Cat Slaves or Slaves of Cats? ;D

(Both of which sound like really bad band names.)

I'd Buy It!

Technobabble is always a lot of fun. Science-fantasy, by any other name... I never really considered Star Wars to be science-fiction; if so, we must have a very loose definition.

Yes, make up some rules, bring back the sense of wonder!


Re: I'd Buy It!

Some people think that if something has spaceships (or nanotech, or computers wired right into people's brains, or whatever), that automatically it's Science Fiction. And that, conversely, if it doesn't, it can't possibly be. Therefore leaving most Philip K. Dick out in the cold -- a situation that cannot be borne, in my view.
Cat slaves? We wandering into Norstrilla territory, where people 'spiek and sheep give immortality?

Rigorous SF has its place, but often times feels you've got to read through a thesis paper before you can get to character, humor, etc. It's nice to have it all worked out in the background, but it's nicer when we learn about it through the characters.

The O'Neil colony is a perfect example for me. Yes, knowing the physics behind it, etc., is nice. And for those who must know we can provide a full ProE file that shows every nut and bolt in place, down to the material composition specs.

But that's never going to replace the sense of amazement when you see one of these flowers spinning in space like a Leviathan of old.

cat slaves

cats make lousy slaves... however thay will blow up planets for fun... meerooww...kaboooom !
There, there.

This sounds like the sort of Dangerous Idea I tend to have when I've had too much cake for breakfast. Not that I don't adore space opera, just the general theory of throwing the kitchen sink and all its plumbing into a book in an effort to spice things up.

I made oatmeal apple toffee cookies specifically because oatmeal and apple counts as a nutritious breakfast.

Then again, telepathic space leviathans who secretly semi-control an army of catpeople who can manipulate probability....
Damn it, if cat slaves are good enough for Cordwainer Smith, they're good enough for you!

(Sorry. I've just been re-reading The Underpeople, so cat-people slaves, at least, seem like a good narrative idea)
I share your love of big splashy low-to-negative science space opera. If you haven't read _The Ring of Ritournel_ by Harness, I recommend it.

It took me a bit to find your footnote, and I agree, no cat slaves. On the other hand, cat slavers--cats with amplified telepathic coercion--would fit right in.
Screw cat slaves, I want sexbots.
*perks up at the mention of space battles*

I always preferred good space opera, with, at most, a light sprinkling of ideas, to good rigorous sf, myself; sounds good to me.
I swear, one of these days I will look up how to write operas so I can write one set in space, too.
Yes, please. Now, if that would be convenient. Including or excluding cat slaves -- I can be flexible.
Why not? Aren't we really all slaves to cats, when all is said and done?
New Space Opera?


I'm so there for that. Cat Slaves, sense of wonder and the whole nine yards.

Peter F Hamilton needs some female competition! (I didn't like the Probability novels by Kress, despite my fondness for the Beggars books)

Re: Do it and sell it as post-Borgesian ironic definistrative metafiction.

*g* Pretty much everything I write is at least an attempt at ironic metafiction. An abject failure, probably. But an attempt.
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