I think I’ve begun a new novel.
It hadn’t started out that way…but the more I continue working on this particular short story (currently at just over 6,500 words—and nowhere near complete…), the more I feel it’s more than just a single story.
And it’s science fiction-y.
It takes place in interstellar space. It’s an idea I’ve been messing around with for quite some time. I was inspired to write it based on several reasons, one of which was reading selected short works of Cordwainer Smith, aka Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (July 11, 1913 – August 6, 1966). These short stories are in The Best of Cordwainer Smith. My version is a 1965 paperback, by Ballantine (A Del Rey Book) that I’d first read as a teenager. I still have it and am currently about a third of the way through it. His stories had captured my imagination. Especially the deep space stories.
I’m no longer much of an SF or fantasy reader (though I like good SF films!), but there are aspects to his work that I love. The loneliness…loves lost…deep, deep space and its weird unknowns.
Ever since I’d read this collection, I’d wanted to do something similar. Having also read Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, I was inspired last month in what to do with my idea.
So, I sat down and began writing.
And before I’d realized it, I’d created a space opera that desperately needs to be completed.
A space opera.
Now…I am not an SF writer. My only SF novel is ERO. I don’t want to be pigeonholed in any one genre, either. I’ve written all over the place in my short stories and novels, so the best description of my work would be speculative fiction. And it is in this space opera that I am again speculating…and on a grand scale, massively speculating. If the stories (yes, there will be several, composed into a single book, just like The Martian Chronicles) bear themselves out, this opera will span millions, perhaps billions of years.
So far the story is grabbing me and not letting go, but all kinds of LIFE is getting in the way, so it’s taking me longer than normal to complete the first draft.
But I love where it’s going!
That other novel I’d started (twice!)? Once again, is on hold.
As I finish each of these stories, I will try to seek publication of them. As I have said, I am not a huge reader of F/SF, but from what I’ve seen my idea has not yet been done, so I hope this to be a unique point of view.
I even have a really cool title not only for the first short story, but the book into which these will go! But, sorry, no-can-tellski.
I am really looking forward to this!