William Louison Guest Post

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.
-Will

What If It All Means Something

It’s Funny Like That

So I’m sitting here watching ‘Farscape’ and I can’t help but wonder:

What happens when we meet some alien species and they’re nothing like the ones in Science Fiction?

Star Wars and Star Trek have so permeated our culture that there is a certain sense of what aliens are like. We think that they will have universal translators, unspeakable technology, and civilized manners.

Or they’re like the extra terrestrials in ‘Independence Day’ and they just want to strip mine every planet they find.
What I like about ‘Farscape is its tendency to make fun of Sci Fi and its view of alien species, even to the point of the main character saying, “Boy…was Spielberg ever wrong.” He goes through a wormhole and ends up in the middle of an interstellar society governed by a ruthless military force.
So here’s the question for the week:

If you write aliens into your stories, what kind of aliens will they be?

Evil or good?

Humanoid or other?

Highly technological or primitive?

There are many different categories to choose from; all of them great.

1. Do some research

If you haven’t yet, you should go check out my guest post at Live Hacked. It has lots of cool stuff about researching for Sci Fi writing. But the main point is that you actually do some research. In the quest for what alien life form to use, do some research. Watch some shows, and see what actual scientists think.
2. Write them plausibly

If the aliens in your book just happen to speak English, or whatever you’re writing in for that matter, I’m gonna call shenanigans. Aliens will not speak English. But if you explain a universal translator or have someone that speaks their language and English, I’ll probably buy it.

Also, aliens aren’t from Earth at all. They won’t act like humans. They will do weird things. Write them into your story.

3. Follow the leaders

I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we have no truly original ideas. Someone has always broken ground before us. So when you’re researching for your alien species (see step 1) make sure that you follow others’ examples. Unless the example you want to follow is lame. Then don’t do that. I once read a novel where the main characters were supposed to be super-intelligent humans with alien DNA. Therefore they could just magically do whatever they wanted. I mean anything. The male read a book on sword fighting then beat someone who had trained their whole life in the sport.

Lame excuse for writing.

But take the ‘Old Man’s War’ universe. Some alien races are friends with the humans, others are enemies. They all have evolved differently and are of different intellect levels. The humans are constantly trying to further their knowledge of each species so they can fight for survival.

Good writing.

Follow the leaders and see what works for your creation.

I hope some of these tips are helpful. Let me know.

I’m also hoping to get a short story collection in time for Christmas, so keep room open on your Kindle!