It was the British cold winter of 1990-91, and I mean bitterly cold. The ground was hard and frost had gone really deep down into the Earth. And our Saab – a Silver 900 – would not start. When we finally got round to looking underneath the bonnet, we found a nest with a mouse in it. It had had a nice tasty piece of wiring for supper and looked so snuggled and warm. But the cold had got to it too. It was dead. And we had a small repair bill for our car.
Yesterday the Swedish airline SAS grounded an Airbus 303 due to fly from Stockholm to Chicago. Why? Because they saw a mouse on the plane. And as we know they do like a nice tasty bit wiring for supper…
The question is what is about Swedish wiring that is so delicious for mice?
Now if I were to base a science fiction story on the above, who would believe that a MIGHTY MOUSE would bring Swedish transport to a standstill?
Which brings me nicely to credibility in science fiction stories. I have gathered from various comments by friends and from talks at conventions that really new ideas to science fiction have difficulty getting published. The publishers want tried and tested SF. It has sold in the past and therefore will sell in the future.
Hold on a mo…. there’s an assumption here, which is the public’s reading tastes will stay the same and very conservative.
Well I certainly hope not for two reasons. I like new ideas. They give me something to think about and enjoy. The second and rather more serious reason is my novel Miranda has some really new stuff in it. I didn’t start out to put a big new idea in, it just grew and grew, and is now so out of the box, that I fear it’ll never get published.
Is there a way around this? Any ideas anyone?