Welcome to today's guest blogger Kenneth Morvant who takes us into the ever changing world of sci-fi!
Where No One/Everyone Has Gone Before
When we think about the groundbreaking books and movies of the past we simultaneously think about the lack of them in the present. We live in a world of recycled storylines and endless remakes of varying success.
In the world of science fiction we have the great books of the past such as Foundation Trilogy, Dune and other grand world building novels. They created worlds that existed far way in space and time. In them the writers explored alternative civilizations and biology. The Left Hand of Darkness explored gender and its impact on a society. Other writers dealt with subject matter that was closer to home. Countless books dealt with the consequences of scientific experimentation. The question of what is the result of what we are doing and do we really know what the result will be. The Shrinking Man, The Fly, and many others heightened our hysteria concerning what scientists and governments were doing in hidden places and what they might unleash upon a trusting population.
So these stories have been told and what is new today? Some bright spots tapped the under reached markets. The Harry Potter series reached the juvenile market with great success. Other age groups have books targeted at them. So what’s the future of science fiction?
We live in a world that is in flux. Some seek the ideals of harmony and peace, freedom and liberty. Others still seek to dominate and control, enslave and abuse. Science fiction of the past opened our minds to other possibilities and warned of unknown consequences. They can still do that, but I think it’s time to focus on our near future. New technology and ideas can be used for good and also for evil. Sometimes there is a thin line between what’s good and bad. Sometimes it’s a difference in opinion. The powerless minority fight for equality until they become the majority. Then the cycle begins again with new players. Freedoms can easily be lost for the sake of security and once lost, they might be lost forever.
The future of ten or twenty years forward may not resemble what we have today. That is where Asterion starts. An America controlled by one leader for life who sees his grip slowly slipping away. He seeks a way to maintain his hold on the masses. Up until now, the control of businesses, religion and other social entities was enough, but now that control is slipping from his hands.
He sees his salvation in a genetically created beast made for work that his operatives can modify for war. He sees the young creators of the beast as naïve and trusting of the government. The scientists in control of the experiment must now survive their creation and the government in order the right the wrong. They join with freedom fighters and the battle for America begins.
By Kenneth Morvant
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