Why I Write Science Fiction and Fantasy By Jeffrey G. Roberts
There are many genres in literature, and many more sub genres within these categories. And though I have written stories in most of them, I prefer writing science fiction and weird fantasy. Here is why.
There are a plethora of genres in the field of writing; a world of wonders and imagination for every taste: science fiction, horror, fantasy, comedy, romance, westerns, historical drama, and a myriad of sub-genres within these categories, as well. I am proud to say I have ‘dipped my pen’ in most of them. What’s the point of just learning how to swim, if you don’t–swim? And though I have written stories in most of these categories, I must say I have a soft spot in my heart for writing science fiction, such as my novel Cherries in Winter; and paranormal comedy/fantasy, such as Uncle Billy’s Chicken Hut & Salvation Emporium. And I have tried my hand at creating stories within Sci-Fi’s two main sub-genres: hard science fiction, which is technical and plausible, as personified by Arthur C, Clarke’s science fiction novel 2001: A Space Odyssey; and soft science fiction, a sort of magical realism; an example being the classic novel The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury.
But someone once asked me: why? Why exactly do you like writing science fiction and fantasy more than other genres? And I answered him by saying that I like to create worlds that do not exist–but might; characters that weren’t real–but could be; and cosmic situations that never happened–but someday could. I told my inquisitive friend, that a writer, particularly one writing sci-fic/fantasy, is like a god–creating, destroying, altering, then creating again. And I have often wondered–in my overactive imagination–if, when I go to sleep at night, if my characters keep looking at their watches–frozen in time–waiting for the morning, when their creator could breathe life into them once again—to move, to love–to be!
I may not wear the mantle of creator very well at all times. Oh yes, it’s a big responsibility, to be sure! The great thing though, is that there is ample room for a myriad of ‘creators’. All you have to do is go outside on some warm summer’s night, gaze heavenward, and wonder…what if?
About the Author
Jeffrey G. Roberts was born in New York City, and raised there and in South Florida. He attended Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, AZ, where he received degrees in writing and history. He considers himself an intellectual liberal but a political conservative.
He has written in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror, comedy, and fantasy/comedy. His novels on Amazon include: the face on Mars-inspired science fiction novel The Healer, the alternative history science fiction romance novelette Cherries in Winter, his eerie urban fantasy, In the Shadow of the House Of God, and now, the strange comedy/fantasy Uncle Billy’s Chicken Hut & Salvation Emporium, published by Writers Exchange.
He has a lifelong interest in aviation, having soloed in 1968; no doubt heavily influenced by his father, who was a decorated RAF Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain. He is an advocate of government disclosure concerning the secrets he believes they are withholding, concerning Mars and UFO’s.
He moved from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Tucson, Arizona in 2011; home of hauntingly beautiful vistas and brain-boiling summers. He can be reached on Twitter at (https://Twitter.com/talejotter), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Atalespinner, and his website (http://www.Atalespinner.weebly.com).