Monday, May 18, 2015

Definitions

This week, I've been preparing for the launch of the second installment in the Amethyst Chronicles. I've been speaking with blogs and doing interviews to lead up to Friday's release. A part of me has been stunned by a few of the questions, leading to believe there has been a lot of misconceptions about this series.

Now there are a lot of different subgenres in regards to sci-fi. In fact, Amethyst Chronicles has been referred as three different ones (by three different people of course) but they couldn't be farther from the truth.

dystopia

noun
1. a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.
 
Examples would be Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, or 1984 by George Orwell to name a few.
 
Amethyst Chronicles doesn't fit this list.
 

apocalyptic

adjective 

1. of or like an apocalypse; affording a revelation or prophecy.
2. pertaining to the Apocalypse or biblical book of Revelation.

Planet of the Apes or I am Legend are examples.

Amethyst Chronicles doesn't make this list either.

Or how about...

space opera
noun
1. a science fiction drama, such as a film or television program, esp one dealing with interplanetary flight

Star Wars. Star Trek. Xarrok. Those books come to my mind when I think of the term space opera.

Not Amethyst Chronicles.

That brings to the question then: What is Amethyst Chronicles? Simple. It's a futuristic sci-fi romance novella series. Utopian. It takes place one thousand years after the end of the Mirror series. Granted, the first does deal with a scientist using a weather machine to freeze certain parts of the world, there's been no apocalypse, it mostly takes place on Earth, and the society on a whole is pretty happy.

"We have blasters instead of guns. Holoscreens instead of TVs. Transporters instead of cars. The world's military has been unified into one. Instead of warring countries, we have a global council. There aren't any homeless in the streets. Poverty has been abolished. Diseases and illness are contained. It's a big deal if someone breaks a law. We all work together toward a common goal and that's to make our planet the best it possibly can be. That's the world I'm from."

That was a little taste from Amethyst Chronicles: Past's Mirror which I am currently working on. Doesn't sound like a bad place to live, right? Too bad we would have to wait until 3018 to see it. I, for one, sure wish it would be sooner.

Oh, by the way, Amethyst Chronicles: Winter's Kiss is now on sale! Get your copy for $.99 on Amazon.

4 comments:

Catrina Taylor said...

I might have said this a time or two but, I LOVE THIS SERIES! ;)

Thanks for the refresher on genre too <3

Greta said...

Sounds positively Utopian. Transporters would be nice.

Madilyn Quinn said...

Sounds cool! Yeah, definitely sounds more utopian than dystopian. I tend to have a problem labeling my OWN writing, haha

Liza O'Connor said...

I don't like labels. Each story should be unique. But I know others like to label, and if they do then they should at least get the label right.

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