We all know there can be pointless science fiction novels out there; unfortunately, some are being cranked out by the dozens in pointless sequels. Simply put, making a science fiction novel isn’t about putting out a lot of words on paper. It’s about conveying a good story, good ideas, good characters, and it provides an escape from reality in some cases. Good science fiction/horror can’t really be defined; it is what the author’s view on the topic is. Why I’m writing this blog is a two-fold challenge to aspiring writers (and I’ve recently read my fair share of terrible books).
1) Challenge yourself as a science fiction writer to write good science fiction/horror. Don’t simply write it because it “gets your name out there”. HG Wells (like him or not), Michael Crichton, Mary Shelley, and others have lasting legacies of work that have been characterized by their ability to weave stories that are intricate, socially proficient, character studies, and political studies. It’s one thing to write about zombies overtaking the earth, but it’s another to really hit on the focus of why they’re there and how they’re there.
2) Produce something unique. Admittedly all science fiction and horror is ripped off from someone, somehow. Be quintessentially you. You are, after all, defined by how unique you can be. History judges you on how unique you can be. Never settle for recycling your work and calling it good.
We need a new generation of science fiction/horror. It’s quite honestly gotten to the point where the same material is being recycled – and not for the better. You owe it to yourself, and to the next generations of readers to produce the best work possible.