I do hope you enjoyed the four flash fiction pieces I’ve shared. If you missed them, feel free to click here to read them and other stories and poems.
This week, I have a guest on board. Please welcome author of the Extinction Cycle and the Orbs series’, Nicholas Sansbury Smith.
On Writing: Choosing the Apocalypse
By Nicholas Sansbury Smith
A few months ago, I was asked why I think Americans are obsessed with the apocalypse. But I never explained why I am—and I never explained why I choose to write in this genre.
I’ll start with the “ever since I was a kid,” cliché. Because honestly, my fascination with the apocalypse started when I was about 8. There’s no denying the fact my Friday night routine was nerdy. It started with a trip to Toy’s R Us for the newest Star Wars figurine. From there my parents would take me to Great Midwestern Café for a Tuna Salad Croissant. And finally I would lay on the carpet in front of our modest television and watch The X-Files. Mulder and Scully were my idols. Man oh man, I was in heaven.
I plowed through every Michael Crichton book I could get my hands on in the summer of 1992 and watched an alien burst through Ripley’s chest in Alien 3.
When I reached high school I watched and re-watched the Terminator. The idea of artificial intelligence and killer machines terrified me. So what did I do? I stayed up late way too many nights reading S.M Stirling’s take on the Terminator universe.
In college, I found myself addicted to Lost.
There were hundreds of other movies, television shows and books I devoured by the time I started writing, but these I recall the most vividly.
Today I’m not just a fan of the genre, I’m an author writing exclusively about how life could end as we know it. But, just recently I found myself wondering why—why do I find this subject matter to be so captivating?
As I sit here and write this I think it has to do with several factors. Over the years, I’ve watched Hollywood destroy Earth with super volcanoes, solar storms, asteroids, climate change. I have also seen the human race eradicated by aliens, super bugs, artificial intelligence, nuclear war and countless other things. I’m very aware of all the different ways the apocalypse could arrive.
So why do I write these stories?
My main goal is to entertain readers. To help them escape from everyday life. But deep down, my goal is also to warn them. I may not be better prepared for the apocalypse because I know how it might arrive, but I know I will not be shocked when it does.
In my newest book, Extinction Horizon, the human race faces extinction by a variant strain of Ebola/chemical weapon that turns men into monsters. I always wanted to write a zombie book, but I wanted to write one with a twist. The creatures in Extinction Horizon are just that. Genes dating back thousands of years are activated by the virus, resulting in terrifying physiological transformations.
A lot of readers have asked if I plan to switch genres. My answer: Not in the near future. Post-apocalyptic literature is so diverse with thousands of different variations of the apocalypse. And as humanity continues into the 21st century I have no doubt some of these stories will become reality…
Nicholas’ next novel “Orbs III: Redemption: A Science Fiction Thriller” is due out on March 24th and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. This novel promises to be the best of the trilogy. Order yours today. And don’t forget to purchase “Orbs: A Science Fiction Thriller” and “Orbs II: Stranded: A Science Fiction Thriller” to get caught up on the trilogy.
Join me next week when I interview the author of the “Daughter of Time Trilogy”, Erec Stebbins.
“A science fiction story is a story built around human beings, with a human problem and a human solution, which would not have happened at all without its scientific content.”
― Theodore Sturgeon