by Cara Crescent
In The Beacon, a paranormal romance – I create a world of vampires, witches and all variety of daemons, but they are grounded into religious mythology and ancient alien theories which are familiar ideas for many readers.
In The Last Marine, a science fiction romance – I created a new planet called Asteria. The scientists at NASA and SETI both have published a wide variety of articles that postulate everything from geological features to alien plant-life and creatures. I also used some of the stranger geological aspects we have here on Earth, such as the black sand beaches of Hawaii. The world was all my own, but I was able to ground it in the scientific and the familiar.
Don’t Let Me Forget You, a science fiction romance is set in the near future here on Earth. My biggest concern in creating a believable world was trying to predict what technology might be like and how it would affect everyday life. For example, we’ve all seen the clunky, wooden prosthetic legs of the past, right? They looked like torture devices! Today, there are all kinds of prosthesis available—adaptable arms and legs for various activities and lifestyles. There have even been successful attempts at creating prosthetic hands that can feel. So, what might they be like for the new amputee in another twenty years? What if it was actually wired to the nervous system?
Here are a few tricks I’ve learned in researching futuristic and fantasy novels:
- Ancient civilization – Need to create a unique civilization that’s alien to our own? Try researching ancient societies for the foundation pieces—politics, laws, hierarchies, language, religion, and social norms. Once you have that in place, put your own unique spin on each.
- Technology – You’d be surprised how much you can learn about where technology is going, by looking at where it’s been and how fast it’s changing. Don’t forget to apply Moore’s Law to your invented tech.
- Medicine – Sometimes looking into the past can show you trends into what matters most to medical science. In many cases, we discovered ways to manage pain prior to discovering how to treat those same maladies. We tend to discover ways to manage conditions prior to discovering the cure. And we focus on saving lives before improving them with aesthetic medicine. It’s helpful to keep that in mind when you’re inventing a fantastic medical technique to save a life in your novel.
- Government – Try researching ‘types of governments’. You’ll find several unique philosophical governments that would be interesting to see play out in a fictional world.
- Tech News –I usually look for three separate sources before I buy into evidence of a new discovery or at least check out the author of the article. That said, knowing what scientists are theorizing on today, will give you a good perspective about the products of tomorrow.
- Robotics – There are a ton of amazing videos on YouTube showing trends in robotics—everything from robotic hotels in Japan to military robotics. DARPA holds an annual competition in robotics where the best and the brightest show off their search and rescue robots.
Happy writing and reading!
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Cara's Newest Sexy Sci-Fi Romance: Don't Let Me Forget You
Olivia Pembrook knows something isn't right. She's not remembering things she should. Pembrook Manor's caretaker advises her to stay away from the new guest, but Hunter is attentive and sweet. She feels safe being near such a big, quiet man. He listens, and Lord knows, she can't remember the last time anyone paid her any attention. So when he invites her to join him for dinner, she can't say no. Everything is wonderful. Perfect. Until the clock strikes five. The doors lock. And her memories return.
Luke Hunter, a wounded ex-SWAT officer, experiencing a recurrence of his childhood Sensory Perception Disorder, goes to a private island for seclusion and rest. Instead, he finds a lover. A lover who relives her death nightly and forgets everything by sunrise. He's determined to stop the cycle but is unsure if he can survive his own ghosts - or the ones wandering the halls - long enough to secure their happily-ever-after.
And even if he does... will she remember him tomorrow?
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