I always get a frisson of delight when I’ve helped progress the understanding of science, which is where I’m at now. It was only a minuscule contribution, but a contribution nevertheless to which I can point to and say I helped with that. So colour me purring loudly.
As I think this is not the end of this particular science adventure for various reasons, I will not say any more for now and wait until the dust has settled before I do.
This is not the first time I’ve helped out. By a bit of stubbornness of getting something sorted I ended up along the way being a guinea pig for eye tests for research towards the end of the last century. I was not sure at the time where it would lead to, but was told afterwards that my tests (among other people’s tests I hasten to add) had contributed to at least eleven international research papers and helped considerably with diagnosing glaucoma. So in my small way I feel I have helped save some people’s sight.
Those are the research areas I can talk about. There are many others are under commercial confidentially clauses that means I can’t talk openly about. What all these results have in common is the excitement of discovering something new that is a contribution to building on the science canon.
It’s no different when you go into the unknown (for both the author and the science fiction global library so to speak). There is that excitement of something novel, the ability to change things in new ways and doing something hitherto that seemed impossible. This is what gives a true science fiction author the buzz.
Can such an author tap going into the true fictional unknown on demand?
Hell no. If they could they would be minting it in.
O.K. Let me put this another way. I have found so much new stuff to be discovered in the science fictional worlds that it’s a choice of riches. I find myself stuck in a nation of frissons! The real trick comes in identifying a plot that hinges on whatever novelty you choose to play with.That’s right – it’s coming up with a decent plot that’s the difficult part.
Now if only we could classify the types of novelties into groups and apply standard plots to each group, then we would have a a science fiction story production line.
But where would the fun be in that?