Is the Epic Sci-Fi Adventure genre dead, or Is There Still Room For It in Today's World?
by Todd Rogers
(Sacramento, CA, USA)
Question: I am a writer with big dreams of writing an EPIC storyline.
A storyline that dares to go so far as to create a new universe that runs parallel to reality, espousing, at its core, elements or scenarios that focus on the more positive, more optimistic, "in-a-perfect-world" vein, which runs counter to the real world's colder, darker, mostly negative, "glass-is-half-empty" version of reality.
My story, the core elements of which have been written just about 30 years ago, when I was but a teenager, was originally intended to be one which spanned three generations of the main character's family lines, dealing with issues common in today's society like, for instance, homosexuality (the main protagonist is gay), gay parenting, gay marriage and living in a world where there is no such thing as prejudice, hatred towards gay people from society, and where even the church has learned to embrace the concept.
My question really is this: Is there still room in this world for a universe spanning adventure of epic proportions like is found in Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, and others like it?
If so, how best would such a thing be written?
If not, why not?Answer:
I sure hope there is scope for more grand, positive views of the future, because I have grown tired of all the post-apocalyptic and dystopian scenarios that have been created. (Not that some of them aren't great too, in their own way.)
Fortunately, themes, genres, subjects, etc. do trend and cycle. Or perhaps it's better to say that things come back in style, but are never the same as they were the first time, because society has changed in the meantime.
If you think you have a fresh way present such an epic, the only thing to do is write the first book and see if it can find a market. No one can predict what the next big thing will be, any more than a stock broker can name a stock you're guaranteed to make a killing on.
If I could tell you exactly how the next big thing would be written, I'd be the chief editor at one of the big six publishing houses, because they only ever know after it takes off.
You can only hope that if you feel a need for such a story, you aren't alone.