While out running yesterday, it occurred to me (for the first time) where I fit into the grand literary scheme of things. While I write science fiction, that theme will permeate but not dominate the novels I write, which will be more near future speculation action thriller than anything else.
Few of you will know about the tetralogy I have lined up, or that I’ve written I first (and very rough) draft of Perditions End, the first of the four, and a more advanced first draft of Ascending Angels, the second in the series.
As a businessman, I’ve learned some of the constants of my trade over the past twelve years, and realise they apply elsewhere in life, too. For instance, people won’t buy from person until they’ve bought into that person. Which is to say: until someone trusts you, they probably won’t buy from you.
The audience can only suspend their disbelief a finite number of times, as their sense of incredulity is itself drawn from a finite source. So the role of the author is to create plausible impossibilities. And if I, as the author, expect you to believe my stories, then you must first believe the characters that populate the imaginary spaces I populate with them.