Brenda Cooper

Science, Social Questions, and Science Fiction

I’m starting a series of blog posts related to THE SILVER SHIP AND THE SEA, which comes out in paperback July 1st, and FREMONT’S CHILDREN which has it’s hardcover release July 22nd.

Sometimes science fiction is just a good story.   And all of the best science fiction is a good story, even if it’s also more.  Since I’m a futurist, the things I talk about and think about end up in my books, some on purpose, and some by accident.  For example, as I was writing THE SILVER SHIP AND THE SEA, the Iraq war was just being contemplated, and eventually beginning.  The book acquired a much stronger message about the evils of war than it probably would have if it weren’t being written next to real-world war.

I hope these blog posts will be conversational and that readers and friends will comment on them.  I plan to put out a post every Sunday starting on July 6th.  Topics will be things like living on a wild world versus a world that is largely created and managed by people, and how taking charge of our own evolution through genetic engineering might change us. 

I’m also interested in writing about topics that interest readers.  Please feel free to email me (use the contact button on this blog) or post ideas here in the comments.  While I may also choose to answer plot or character questions, I’m really looking for questions about the science or, more exactly, the social implications of the science in this book.  I use nanotechnology and genetic engineering and other tools in the books.  Since these stories happen far in our future, the science doesn’t match our real science today, although I tried to keep it plausibly linked.  I’m fascinated by how the science we are experimenting with today could change us as humans in the future, and that’s what I tried to write about.  As well about the fate of six genetically engineered kids.

I hope you enjoy this series of posts, and the books. 

2 Responses so far

  1. 1. Jim Van Pelt

    Brenda, the website is beautiful. I really like the header image!

  2. 2. Brenda

    Thanks Jim. The image is from the book cover, and its by Stephan Martinniere, who is one of the artists up for the Hugo this year.