I am often asked to classify my writing as fiction, non-fiction, fantasy ect. I find this difficult because although there are fantasy elements in my stories; I base most of what I write on real science. In Aureley, for example, I write about a world where dragons are small creatures with some similarities to bees. They may not exist, but the circumstances by which they could have evolved is plausible and based on real science. I have placed these creatures in the real world and imagined what havoc they might create.
Therefore, I think my stories fall between the lines and are best described as mostly non-fiction.
‘Wait!’ I hear you say, surely that is just science fiction?’
Here I beg to differ. Perhaps the best-known author of science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke, defined science fiction as:
“Science fiction is something that could happen—but you usually wouldn’t want it to. Fantasy is something that couldn’t happen—though you often only wish that it could.”
I believe my stories consider scenarios where something happens that hasn’t, but you really wish it had.
Okay, I may be splitting hairs. However, I believe there is an unfortunate consequence of my writing being classified as either fiction, science fiction or fantasy, and that is that it is in danger of not being considered as ‘educational’.
I am concerned by this as my reason for writing is to inform and entertain.
For example, my first book ‘Aureley’, gently introduces the following concepts:
Through this blog and Mai's World, I will provide more detail on these topics and links to authoritative sources.