In the 1990s, probably inspired by watching Star Trek and the like, I wrote two time-travel based sci-fi books with a political / thriller angle. Looking back I find it easy to be critical of the simplistic writing and derivative dialogue.
There was a long gap in both time and style before I set out to write a sci-fi novel like a grown-up and craft something a bit more intellectual.
In 2006 I completed “Sacred Ground“, a Sci Fi Novel about a search for truth, for many people, in many ways. It’s based on a distant post-Earth future where I didn’t feel the need to push science believability so far. In terms of genre this is a space opera.
Since then I have found a preference for hard science fiction – catalysed I’m sure by my science degree.
In 2017 I came across some old ideas, including a few chapters of what became “Imperfect Isolation“. It was originally intended to be a prequel to the previous time-travel pair, but my notes didn’t make sense so I took the plot in a whole new direction to what I’d probably been planning some 20 years earlier – and all the better for it. I finished this novel in autumn 2018.
The third book in the series is now in the detailed planning stage, with publication expected in early 2020.
Masochistically, the fourth book with these characters is also on the slate.
Hard science fiction is a category of science fiction characterized by concern for scientific accuracy and logic. One requirement for hard SF is procedural or intentional: a story should try to be accurate, logical, credible and rigorous in its use of current scientific and technical knowledge about which technology, phenomena, scenarios and situations that are practically and/or theoretically possible.
Soft science fiction is not scientifically accurate or plausible. Some readers might consider any deviation from the possible or probable (for example, including faster-than-light travel or paranormal powers) to be a mark of “softness.”
Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking. Set mainly or entirely in outer space, it usually involves conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, futuristic weapons, and other sophisticated technology.