by Cara Bristol
I use science as the background and setting. I want the futuristic elements to feel natural and real to my readers. I don’t want them to struggle to picture what’s happening. One way I do this is extrapolate the future from the present, i.e. to use the familiar as the cornerstone of the unfamiliar. For example, in the first Cy-Ops book, Stranded with the Cyborg, I develop commercial space travel from what airline travel is like today. And in Mated with the Cyborg, I drew inspiration for a spacecraft “chop shop” from automobile chop shops.
But I also try to challenge my existing beliefs and notions. Sci-fi allows for “out of the box” thinking, freedom to explore the possible, maybe even the impossible. We assume that everything we know here on earth in the present is the way things are, but chances are, it’s not. For instance we assume a living being needs to breathe air. But why would that be so? Because we as earthlings do?
In sci-fi, you don’t just have to create a “setting,” you have to build an entire world, a civilization along with all the infrastructure, institutions and belief systems. In contemporary fiction, it’s enough to say he got in his car and drove off. Or she grabbed her cell phone. Everyone knows what a car and a cell phone are. But in sci-fi, you must create transportation, communication, government, language, sometimes even religion. You may not even directly address it in the book, but it still affects the story.
For example, what does an alien gasp in the throes of passion or when shocked? He probably isn’t saying, “Oh, god” because that’s a monotheistic earthling religious concept.
I’d also like to mention sci-fi names of people and places. Sci-fi authors tend to get very “creative” with their spellings of names. As a reader, I often find it hard to remember characters and keep them straight when the names look like a random assortment of letters. So I try to create names that seem a little foreign, but not so different that they’re hard to remember or pronounce.
Cyborgs are people, humans, who have computer enhancements. In my Cy-Ops Sci-fi romance series, I chose my cyborg names to emphasize the humanness of the heroes. So you have Brock Mann, Kai Andros, Dale Homme – allusions to the fact that they are men.
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Cara's Newest Release: Mated with the Cyborg
Then he met her. Mariska. Beautiful. Innocent. Ignorant of her father’s atrocities. And marked for death.
His orders said nothing about saving her. But he did. He went off-mission.
Can a rogue cyborg outrun both Cyber Operations and the terrorists to save the woman he loves?
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