Wednesday 7 September 2011
Military Science Fiction and the Overcoat of Subgenre
It's coming along very nicely with 2000 of first draft finished in a couple of hours. Even though it's going to be character driven, it's still a lot more action based than I usually write. I've got a hive mind element in there, which is leading quite nicely to questions about authority and command. I'm finding the mechanics of action quite challenging. So it's good for me.
And because it's military science fiction I'm having to include conflict, something that doesn't always find an overt way into my stories.
It's interesting how the sub-genre shapes story. Even thought there's scope to play, I'm hoping to incorporate some possibly over the top lyrical stuff.
So, my kind readers. Do you stick to the same genre/sub genre? Do you find the conventions useful or restrictive? Any military science fiction writers out there? If so, I'd love it if you could post some links to resources or your stories.