To see something clearly, you often have to step away from it and look back.
Where should you stand to get a better look at real life? A good book is a good vantage point. Stories set outside reality; such as speculative fiction, fantasy, and science fiction; give us the opportunity to look back at reality and see it differently. Sometimes social issues can be seen better when presented in a hypothetical form, free of the emotional baggage attached to their real-life counterparts. Sometimes the human condition can be seen better from a non-human viewpoint, or the viewpoint of someone who's not sure whether he's human or not, as in my novel Softlife.
That's one reason I set my stories "elsewhere." Another is simpler: it's a lot of fun. Nothing against reality, but I enjoy going elsewhere now and then. It's like taking a vacation somewhere I've never been. Thoughts and themes are important, but for me, telling a good story comes first.
I carefully craft my stories to be accessible to those who routinely read science fiction (like me) and those who don't. Whether you're into strong genre SF or just like some popular SF movies, you should feel at home in my work. It's all about the characters and their stories, however strange the setting they're in.
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