By Jennie Goloboy
I recently had the chance to chat with Maximus Groves from Comcastro, and I lamented that despite the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, I almost never see queries for space opera. Max suggested that the problem was that the Marvel movies were too good– that they were intimidating people from writing something similar.
I thought that was an excellent point, and it brings to mind something that worries me a bit. When I was a kid, there was science fiction on television, and it was awful. If I did somehow manage to get attached, it would be canceled after about five episodes. (Some examples include Voyagers!, Misfits of Science, and the awesomely goofy Forever Knight.)
One of the things that got me writing sci-fi was the desire to do something like the TV shows I’d enjoyed so much– only better. Because when the original was fairly awful, better was an achievable goal.
Now we are in an era of genuinely high-quality science-fiction and fantasy writing. How will this affect tomorrow’s writers? After having watched Game of Thrones, will authors be too afraid to write something similar but less engaging? I hope that isn’t the case.
What are your thoughts on this?