IWSG 98: Do You Ever Speculate?


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What do you consider the best characteristics of your favorite genre?

I love to read about magic in fantasy or wild technology in science-fiction.

The what-if that helps bring words to pages can be a wild ride. The thought someone could fly or fix a broken cup on a whim can hook me like nobody’s business.

Don’t get me started on dragons. hehehe

Like most scientists and I apologize if feelings get hurt here, I’m on the naïve side and think breakthroughs should only be used to help humanity. But I know, it doesn’t always pan out that way and am glad some things aren’t possible, yet.

Our speculation and the stories it generates question what we as a people are doing today. Our walk in the everyday world limits us—some more than others. The answers that may come to mind, depending on what side of warrior-verses-pacifist coin a person lands on, may flare despair or hope.

Speculative fiction raises great questions and I think about them. Do we have the discipline to handle our next technological singularity? Will it look like magic does to me now?

Now, a question for you

What about you. What genre raises questions for you?


36 responses to “IWSG 98: Do You Ever Speculate?

  1. I love fantasies, lately mostly ones set in our world. I’d love there to be magic here. It’s so fun thinking of the what ifs if there was really magic in our world.

  2. It comes back to that line in Jurassic Park – “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”

  3. I believe magic exists in our world, amused in the shadows that we do not see it. 🙂

  4. Interesting. I’d not considered what an effective vehicle fiction would be for the what ifs of how we might craft our future. Love it!

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  5. I think humanity has a ways to go before we can truly handle some scientific breakthroughs. The Star Trek world comes to mind – that humanity didn’t make that big leap until it became a world of equality and peace.
    I’m another dragon/fantasy fan. Pern is one of my favourite series!

  6. It’s interesting to note how many different answers we are getting this month. I am not a fan of fantasies but I’ve enjoyed reading some with my children.

  7. I’ve been getting into more sci-fi/fantasy lately, and I’m enjoying it. I started writing short stories with fairies, inspired by my sister’s paintings. That’s been a fun new path for me.

  8. Suspense connected to nature is my choice of genre. The big hurdle is to not let descriptions take over my stories. I believe that being part of nature keeps us human. My antagonists don’t generally agree. When they do, it becomes a challenge for me. I like challenges.

  9. I enjoy speculative fiction for one reason: it takes me away from reality.

  10. That’s one of the things I like about The Orville. It always brings those ideas that might seem great into a morally questionable light.

  11. Speculative fiction rocks. We’re on the same page as usual, Anna!

  12. I agree. Starting with the simple “what if” question and building a fantastical story around it is very cool.

  13. mlouisebarbourfundyblue

    There has certainly been a lot of good science fiction written that speculates about the next technological singularity, Anna. Unfortunately, often our advances get used and twisted by bad people. I’m an optimist, so I think the benefits eventually outweigh the detriments. I really enjoy the speculative aspects of science fiction and fantasy.

  14. I haven’t read much science fiction, but I do enjoy Blake Crouch novels!

  15. Magical possibility is also my favorite kind of book to read 🙂

  16. I don’t read a lot of sci-fi, but I loved AMEN MEXINE by Faith Gardner, and it had an AI component. Does that count? 🙂

  17. Having trouble with comment box – that book title should be AMEN MAXINE.

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