Friday, January 12, 2007

sci-fi underpinnings

It's enjoyable to explore the use of real, philosophical underpinnings in writing sci-fi, but it's also important I think to make it seamless and unobtrusive when used in the story plot. I've had characters, even young ones in mainline stories, toss off allusions to some concepts of Teilhard de Chardin, a Jesuit geologist who did exploration in China in early Twentieth Century (he discovered remains of Peking Man). In a sense, Teilhard felt that all matter in the universe had a level of consciousness--even rocks. Young readers have liked that idea. In another sense, all components of creation become more complex as time advances. Think of man as a complex molecule, becoming ever more complex. Great underpinning for sci-fi, but keep it subsumed in an interesting, dramatic storyline.

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