Thursday, April 22, 2010

Science Fiction


Continuing the A-Z Challenge from Arlee at Tossing it Out

Today is S - Science Fiction!

I know it's not a genre everyone enjoys, but science fiction has always been a favorite of mine. My favorite TV shows and movies tend to fall in that genre. I enjoy fantasy, horror, and thrillers as well, as they often bleed over into the science fiction realm.
I grew up with Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers, and superhero comic books. I admired the technology and gadgetry, but I was drawn more to the action. Recently I did a guest post for Michele at Southern City Mysteries where I proposed that most science fiction is a blend of several genres.
I tend to like the action and western aspects of science fiction. (Firefly is a great example.) I also like a good character study. So when writing my first novel, I focused on those aspects. I know most science fiction books are heavy on technology, but I deal enough with that stuff at work without including it in my writing. I'm hoping this means my book will appeal to those outside of the science fiction fan base, too.
Are you a science fiction fan? Do you prefer technology and scientific details or do you just want to escape to a galaxy far, far away?
And I have a BIG surprise tomorrow! I finally got to see my book cover and I'll be sharing it with everyone on Friday.
In the meantime, you'll have to make do with some science fiction babes...

Jewel Staite from Firefly (and Stargate Atlantis)

Morena Baccarin from Firefly (also on V)

Jolene Blalock from Enterprise

Rachel Luttrell from Stargate Atlantis

Don't forget - AVATAR comes out today on DVD!

27 comments:

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

My husband was into Scifi, I enjoyed your blog though I wish you'd had men's photo's but you can't win them all...lol
Have a lovely day.
Yvonne.

Not enough hours! said...

I don't watch TV, and rarely watch movies, but I am a Science Fiction buff. There are two books I am waiting to write, one of them is science fiction.

~ Rayna

Not enough hours! said...

I don't watch TV, and rarely watch movies, but I am a Science Fiction buff. There are two books I am waiting to write, one of them is science fiction.

~ Rayna

DEZMOND said...

OMG OMG OMG we are having the cover for CASSASTAR finally revealed???? OMG OMG OMG :)


It's interesting that when it comes to SF I do enjoy the space travel, the look into exotic new alien cultures and galaxies much more that the technical aspect of ships, weapons and the space travel itself. It kind of strange since my favourite STAR TREK was VOYAGER, a show which dominantly focused on science and not drama, war or fighting. But I guess it's because VOYAGER didn't use that much technical science but biology, anthropology, physics etc. in shaping the plots and twists in the episodes.

PS Alex, as a fan of SF did you watch SLIDERS? I think that was the favourite show of mine when I was a teen, but not many people heard about that sf show although it was successful and had seven seasons if I remember correctly.

Falen said...

mmm i love me some sci-fi. I go through phases wanting very heavy sci-fi vs more character based sci-fi but it's all good.
I am totes excited to see your cover tomorrow. And i'm looking forward to reading your book too!

As for Avatar, i heard from a critic that we're supposed to wait to buy avatar until after the summer theater re-realease because then they're going to re-release the video with extra junk.

Falen said...

Dez - oooh sliders. I had such a crush on Quinn when i was a kid. And that season finale where he got shot?! Shut the front door!

KarenG said...

I don't read it, watch it or write it. But I do read your sci fi blog and enjoy that.

Summer said...

I prefer my science fiction to be more imagination-based, if that makes sense. If I pick up a book that immediately starts talking about astrophysics, and it goes on for pages, I'm going to be closing it down for good. But I love a good space battle, or world exploration, or anything like that.

I mean, some of my earliest memories are watching Star Trek: TNG growing up, and I do mean earliest, like 2-3 years old. And then we watched the Star Wars trilogy for years and years as kids, and we got into the Star Wars books. And even though some would argue that SW is more fantasy, I still lump it under sci-fi in my head.

But I digress. I love science fiction, I always will, and I'm looking forward to seeing your cover art!!

Ellie said...

I love sci fi; I love that Star Trek is being redone! I know the classics were great, but now with CGI and this generation and the next now has an opportunity to be part of it! I agree, it is a blend of genre!

Stephen Tremp said...

Can't forget the ladies of sci-fi. I can get past the pointy ears. Hey, we all have our flaws. I'd also include the Fen-bots from the Austin Powers first movie.

Stephen Tremp

Helen Ginger said...

Hey! I recognized every picture you had up. Okay, I didn't remember their names, but I'd seen them, which is amazing since I can't get cable. This harkened me back to the day when my husband and I stood in line to see the first show on the first day of the release of the first Star Trek.

Helen
Straight From Hel

Palindrome said...

You already know how I feel about scifi...LOVE LOVE LOVE! Need I say more?

Great post and I can't wait for the cover reveal tomorrow!!! Squee!!!

Cheeseboy said...

You have inspired me to start watching Stargate Atlantis.

Raquel Byrnes said...

I too grew up on those sci-fi television shows. Best science fiction book I ever read was Comet...awesome. Can't wait to see your book cover.

Michele Emrath said...

Thanks for the mention! :) And I like technology and scientific details in my SciFi. That keeps it a little more tangible for me. My own brain limits me! Bet you were glad to get to 'S!!!'

Can't wait for tomorrow! Congrats on the book cover. When is the release date?

Michele
SouthernCityMysteries

Michele Emrath said...

Oh, I'm stealing the Alex J Cavanaugh banner from Hollywood Spy to put on my blog! You can grab mine if you want (no pressure, really, I mean it).

Michele
SouthernCityMysteries

Kierah Jane Reilly said...

I can't really call myself a Sci Fi fan, but there was a time when my husband and I were fascinated with the Borg. But when I do watch Sci Fi, I like it. Looking forward to the cover reveal!

DEZMOND said...

@Falen
yep, Quinn was amazing (and his brother later on in the show as well), although I must confess I watched the show for Cari Wuhrer, mmmmmm :))

@Michele
you will have to pay me some cash to take Alex' banner from me, but we can negotiate the price ;))

Jemi Fraser said...

I've always loved Science Fiction too :) Starting with the original Star Trek series when my whole family thought it was weird. I think Firefly is one of my all-time favourites. My family still thinks sci-fi is weird but I really don't care!

DJ GlenMC said...

YES!!! Firefly fans UNITE!!!
I love that show!!!
Too bad it was only on one season.
If you get a chance to watch Nathan Fillion (sp)on Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog it was good.

Be blessed. Be a blessing.
DJ GlenMC

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yvonne, I'd post guy photos, but that might be weird...

Rayna, I'll want to read it when you do!

Yes Dez, the cover will be revealed tomorrow - and it is wicked cool!
The premise for Sliders was intriguing, but it just never hooked me into watching the series.

Falen, that would be cool!
And too late - I already bought the Bluray disc today...

Thank you, Karen!

Don't worry, Summer - I don't go into those kind of details in my book. Too much bores me as well. I do enough tech stuff at work!

Ellie, I really liked the reboot. Now a whole new generation can discover this wonderful story.

Stephen, the pointy ears don't bother me either.

Good for you, Helen! And you stood in line for the first Star Trek? Cool.

Cheeseboy, it was a great series! Five years wasn't enough, but they will be making movies for them soon.

Thanks, Michele. I'll get your banner up tomorrow. I need to make my own!
I think the book is scheduled for October 19, but you know how those things can change.

Jemi, us sci-fi geeks gotta stick together!

DJ, I will check it out.

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

not a huge science fiction person but i have heard things about firefly and I got my avatar today. LIKE THe post. I will try to be more open minded.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I picked up a copy of Avatar as well!

Grammy said...

Hi, Alex,
I have been a reader of science fiction probably for more years than you have been living. Ha. I love it. I also have been a viewer of the science fiction movies that long as well. Have you ever heard of Buck Rogers? I saw the Orson Wells movies way back when. Yes, I love science fiction! Wonderful posting!
Ruby

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Science Fiction is the reason many writers became authors in the first place. Gene Roddenbery could say things about prejudice, the morality of war, the id versus the ego, sexuality, and other subjects taboo on network television in the guise of science fiction.

Ray Bradbury, Issac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Harlen Ellison, Robert Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke are giants that have molded the way we view reality. Science Fiction is a major force in literature and our modern culture, Roland

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good for you, Grammy! And I grew up with the early 80's Buck Rogers.

It's a far greater influence than most realize, Roland.

Mary McDonald said...

I'm late getting to this, but I like some sci-fi, and Firefly is a favorite of mine. I didn't discover it until a few years ago when I watched all of it on Hulu. Great show and Kaylee was my second fav after Mal.

Not sure if Quantum Leap counts as sci-fi, but I guess it is. They used technology to get Sam into the past. That was such a cool concept.