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I 'm sure you know by now I write Science fiction romance, Two reasons for this. ROMANCE -
I am an incurable romantic!
SCIENCE FICTION -
when I was young the word 'science' put me off reading Science Fiction - I'm sorry I loathe the term 'sci-fi' not sure why, it just sounds derogatory to me somehow. I know everyone uses it, it's just me! But I have no illusions about myself - I know what I write can more accurately be termed 'Space Opera' rather than 'real' science fiction, and I'm fine with that. Strange isn't it, how some words can grate on us and others might rub someone else up the wrong way but sound fine to our own ears!
Anyway, I digress. I have always loved looking at the night sky, with its myriad stars. Thinking that each star is a sun, whose light has taken countless light years to get to us - and imagining what it would be like to explore space, and visit strange new worlds. What I didn't realise at the time (I'm talking about when I very young!) was that this is actually the basis of much of popular science fiction, rather than the monsters and laboratory test tubes I had imagined. One of the first Science Fiction books I read was Ray Bradbury's 'The Martian Chronicles' and I was hooked, and I swiftly devoured books by Arthur C Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey etc. I knew I'd found my genre and wrote my first SF adventure 'Starquest' several years ago. It started off as a straight futuristic adventure but rapidly changed to a romance, I find it possible to write anything without a love interest!
I subscribe to an online newsletter called EarthSky which as well as a wealth of information, also has the most beautiful photographs many of them from hubble. The one on the top of this page is The Bubble Nebula. I think its absolutely stunning. Who knew there were bubbles in space! If you believe God created the Universe, He must surely have a great sense of humour - as well as a wonderous sense of beauty.
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