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James Cameron's TV show 'The Story of Science Fiction' inspires writing

 I've been watching, James Cameron's 'The Story of Science Fiction'. It's on TV each Thursday night and each week it features another aspect of sci-fi. He interviews other directors and actors, and it's like a who's who of sci-fi. It's great. It's also given me the jolt in the arm I need to keep working on my sci-fi novels.

I love sci-fi. Always have, even before I knew it. I love space opera, dystopia, post-apocalyptic, aliens, artificial intelligence, robots, off-world. I love it all.

What I love most is that many of these great sci-fi books and movies are cautionary tales about humanity and the planet we inhabit. I love how the writers and creators seek out unique ways to deliver these messages.
BUT... I lost my love of writing sci-fi earlier this year. 2020 came at me with a bang, first with the horrific bushfires in Australia that decimated the Australian east coast, then we had floods, then the pandemic. For me, these cautionary messages were being received loud and clear, and they were reverberating around inside my head, making it impossible for me to pick up the manuscript to book 2, to a project dear to my heart when I'd first started writing the Earth Quarantined series. This deals with humanity and the planet we live in, and quite frankly, I'd had enough of 'us' and the damage we do.
I'm very pleased to say, and this is largely thanks to watching this TV show delving into why we love sci-fi, that I'm halfway through Earth Arrested and loving where this story is going.
I want to be the one to write the cautionary tale. I want to be the one to hold up the mirror to humanity and tell us to take a long hard look at ourselves.

And so I'm back.


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