The following is a guest post by William Louison of What If It All Means Something
He is an active writer and self-publisher, who just won a Sunshine Award. You can check out his books at amazon, start here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B006YU1806/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1363702142&sr=8-4&pi=SL75
Now that you know about him, here’s a little bit directly from him. Enjoy!
What Science Fiction Means To Me
By William Louison
I grew up on Sci-Fi. My earliest memories consist of watching Star Trek with my family. At a very early age, I fell in love with outer space, aliens, starships, and everything else that makes Science Fiction so great.
To this day my favourite movies are Star Wars. I still get exhilarated watching these films I grew up with, and know all of the lines too. Each time I watch, I experience something a little bit different, but I never tire of them.
My whole life I’ve been reading Sci-Fi, watching Sci-Fi and absorbing Sci-Fi. There’s a magical quality about the realm of Science Fiction and it unlocks a part of your imagination that is unrestrained by any physical, logical, probable or conceivable obstacles.
I’m only 20 years old now, but it’s safe to say that I’ve lived Science Fiction for all of my twenty years. Half my day is spent living in another place – sometimes I consider it the universe of my mind. I was quite young when I realized that I could harness this imagination into much more than just day dreaming.
I’ve been writing since I was very little. It’s my absolute favourite thing to do, hands down. Nothing else can compare. The beauty and appeal of being is a writer is the ability to be in control. I get to dictate what happens. These are my ideas in my stories, from the depths of my imagination, from the earliest days of childhood, from my visions of the future…it’s all mine. And when you write you enter a world all of your own, where no one can reach you.
It takes an imagination to write anything, really, but when you’re writing a mainstream fiction, you need to have some sense of reality…some sense of fact. I knew from an early age that I wasn’t interested in ‘reality’ or ‘fact’. I didn’t want to write about that kid who goes to school, or that lawyer working on that case…I wanted to create my own world where no one could tell me I was wrong, or didn’t get something quite right, because it’s my world.
The marriage of writing and Science Fiction is where I live. It’s where I breathe. Creating planets, aliens, life forms, worlds, stars, ships, weapons, adventures…it’s unlike anything I do in my life. I feel that I can best express myself through characters that aren’t your ‘everyday people’. I can still write about social issues, but with a Science Fiction context. I can even write about that lawyer, but on a remote alien planet. All of these are possible when you write Science Fiction. There are no boundaries. Your imagination is the only thing that can limit you.
So, I guess this is why I write Science Fiction. I guess, also, this is why I don’t write a whole lot of anything else. While Science Fiction is limitless, and at times it can seem so strange, it’s really not that far-fetched. In fact, the characters can be just as relatable as any mainstream fiction. And, for a guy like me, maybe even more so.
Thanks for reading.