I’m currently working on a new Galactic Alliance book (the same one I’ve been working on forever, it seems) and I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a new species to the mix. So far, it’s been humans and Ankylos, but the Ankylos aren’t going to figure large in this storyline. I could make one of my characters a new alien species, but what if I don’t?
I’ve seen this debate bandied about the internet – basically, where to draw the line when calling a story sci-fi. When you transport a contemporary story to another planet, and where there’s very little in the way of extra technology or extraterrestrials, can you still call it sci-fi?
Because that’s the point I’m vaguely concerned about. This story is a rather contemporary story set in my Galactic Alliance world. If I don’t have one of my love interests become an alien, the story definitely isn’t very sci-fi-y. Since it’s a sequel with some preexisting futuristic world building, I’m not tooooo worried about it, but if this were the first of a series… I think I might get some flak about it’s inclusion in the category.
Have you ever found a story that makes you wonder why someone bothered to stick it on another planet or set it a future that doesn’t seem all that different? Does it bother you when people do that? Do you feel there needs to be some minimum threshold beyond a future date or different planet/galaxy setting before one can “officially” call it science fiction?
No matter what you say, I’m not re-writing this damned book 😉