Why do I write dystopian Sci-Fi/Fantasy? I could say something
profound pretentious like “It is the duty of the artist to reflect the times he/she lives in”. STORMDANCER is a book about the depletion of a magic environment beneath the heel of a pervasive, combustion-driven technology, and one girl’s struggle against that technology. But whenever I mention the word "environment", my blog hits go allllllll the way down to the dank, B.O soaked depths of the internets and flop about like a pilot whale during the annual Faroe cull.
So. Let’s avoid that topic like scary mothers at a Twilight screening, shall we?
I write Sci-Fi/Fantasy basically because I’m a nerd. All the nerdgasmic things I love about feudal Japan are in my book; samurai and ninja and all that good stuff, wrapped up in clanking suits of smoking power-armor beneath an exhaust-fume sky. I think being a nerd is something you’re born with, some genetic agent lurking patient as spiders inside your head, until it’s confronted with something too awesome to ignore. For me, it was this guy I met when I was 8 years old:
Let’s be honest: Skywalker was a chump. Yeah, he got the lightsaber. The “You don’t need to give me a parking ticket” mindtricks. And yeah, ok, there was that business with the Death Star and pwning the Emperor of the galaxy. SO WHAT.
Han Solo was bad ass. Where did Obi Wan and his
whiny blonde bitch padawan find Solo in the first flick? “Oh, y’know, kicking back with my seven foot powerhouse sidekick in the middle of this wretched hive of scum and villainy, murdering debt collectors. Sup.”
He had a fast car (well, ship, anyways). A sense of humor. The self-assurance that comes with knowing you are the baddest badass in the room. AND he got the girl. But not just any girl. A 100% bona fide PRINCESS.
So what do we take away from this? That I wrote a book about the destructive effects of combustion-driven technology on a feudal Japanese society because I wanted to be Han Solo, apparently. Which is completely wrong.
But yeah. Skywalker? WHAT A TOSSER.