A Fantasy Writer Writes Sci-Fi: “Quincy And the Nano”

After a month of reading Wednesday posts on technology and science fiction related things from Erik, I realized that perhaps it is a very difficult thing for readers to suddenly shift into dragons and magic and all such fantasy things as I tend to write about.  In an attempt to make things easier for our poor readers, I have decided to embark on an experiment.

A scientific experiment, if you will.


space ponies

I have always felt like if I ever tried to write sci-fi, I’d end up with something like this…

Anyway, as anyone who knows me is already aware, I am a writer of fantasy.  That’s pretty much all I write.  I like the flexibility of being able to create my own world and my own rules.  I am not particularly gifted in science or terribly learned in historical events, political intrigue, or other things that lend themselves to other types of fiction.  Fantasy just works well for me.

Plus, I really like dragons.  So there you have it.

So I was thinking about science fiction and how extraordinarily difficult it would be for me to write anything sci-fi without doing a whole lot of research.  It would not come naturally and I really wouldn’t know the language to make such a world come to life properly.  But then I had an epiphany.  What if I wrote a sci-fi story that was basically just a fantasy story, except instead of using magic, I used a fancy-schmancy tech word like “nano”?

“How did that happen?”  “Well, it was nanos, of course!”  I mean, I always think that technology is so magical in how it works.  I can do this!

So this  month is going to be an experiment.  Wielding my very limited knowledge of sci-fi (which will probably make this story laughably bad for sci-fi readers, so bear with me), I am going to write a story.  A science fiction story. We’ll see how it goes.

Meanwhile, let me know what you think of stepping outside of comfort zones in writing and what success you have or have not had with it.  Perhaps I can convince a sci-fi writer to try a bit of fantasy.  Replace your space ships with dragons, and you should be good to go.

Because it’s definitely that simple… right?

“Quincy and the Nano, Pt. 1”

            Through a succession of very unfortunate, inexplicable events, Quincy James stumbled into the future.  There is very little to tell about the Before or the During of this event.  Quincy was on a tour with his postgraduate Space-Physics-Sciency-Whatsit class at a research building in a city the name of which is not important.  Quincy wandered away from his group because Quincy, as we shall discover, is a very distractible young man. Quincy found a machine with several very shiny buttons and a knob.

            Now, if you are of a scientific mind, you know that shiny buttons and knobs are virtually impossible to withstand.  The buttons looked so glossy and bright, and the knob looked as though it would have that nice, smooth, glide-y feeling when he twisted it. So Quincy gave the buttons a few thoughtful pushes and the knob a hearty turn.

And that is how Quincy James ended up three hundred years in the future.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of “Quincy and the Nano” next week!


About Melissa

generally in love with things Celtic, mythological, fantastic, sharp and pointy, cute and fuzzy, intellectual, snarky, cheerful, or some combination thereof. Such things as sarcastic bunnies wielding claymores might come to mind...

Posted on July 3, 2013, in Fantasy, Humor, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Melissa Rogers, Science Fiction, Story and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Science fiction and fantasy are both almost impossible to define because they’re so variable. Is SF necessarily stories about technology or scientific concepts? Is fantasy, on the other hand, “stories about magic?” What happens when you mix them? Does something blow up? Is it steam-punk or magi-punk? Are there elves? Do those elves hack computers? Is the magic actually “magic” or is it just reeeeaaally advanced high-tech mumbo-jumbo?

    There’s that quote from Arthur C. Clarke telling us that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” so does that mean we can blur the genre lines?

    As long as its a good story, I’d have to say yes.

    Looking forward to the nanos!

    P.S.: I now totally have an urge to go find a dial so I can experience that nice, smooth, glide-y feeling.

    • “Magic is science we don’t understand yet; Arthur C. Clarke.”
      “Who wrote science fiction.”
      “A precursor to science fact!”..

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