By Nobilis Reed (Guest Blogger)Whenever I see something exciting or intriguing or infuriating come up in the news, my first instinct is to write a story about it. It's a perfect example of the principle, "When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a Loki."
I resist that temptation. By the time a story is published, even on the short turnaround of self-publishing (because I don't publish stuff that hasn't been edited) the individual news item will be somewhat stale. On the other hand, as a writer of speculative fiction, I feel it's important to comment on how human society is changing. Some folks argue that that is what science fiction, at its core, is about. But these two impulses are not incompatible.
What I've learned to do is this: I take a broader view, and look at the trends implied by the events. What would the world look like with broader corporate power, and governments that are generally unable to restrict them? What would the world look like with androids that appeared nearly identical to humans? How would society adapt to the ability to finely control how our brains work?
Those questions will continue to be important. Things will continue to come up in the news on those themes, and they will continue to provoke questions. That means that stories about those themes will continue to be relevant, at least for as long as it takes to get a story out there for people to read.
At this point, you might ask, "But Nobilis, you write erotica. Erotica is for escapism. People don't want to be thinking about profound issues of world-shaking import when they're getting their rocks off." My answer is: Screw that. I think that erotica is a perfect place to talk about society. Sex is one of the most personal, most intimate aspects of a person's relationship, and when events in the world intrude that far into a person's life that it affects their sexual relationships, it's an important event indeed.
Now that's not to say that every story I write has deep sociological meaning. I write plenty of fluff alongside more serious work. But I see no reason not to talk about things that are important to me, just because I write erotica.
What do you think? Do you like to think about what sexual relationships might be like in other circumstances than the here and now? Comment here and in one week (July 16, 2014) I'll pick one commenter at random for a free copy of "Metharmea's Journey," an exploration of fluid sexuality in a context of radical, bizarre body modification.
Incursion at Gene Bunker Four by Nobilis Reed
A few years ago NOBILIS REED decided to start sharing the naughty little stories he scribbled out in hidden notebooks. To his surprise, people actually liked them! Now, he can’t stop. The poor man is addicted. His wife, teenage children, and even the cats just look on this wretch of a man, hunched over his computer and shake their heads. Clearly, there is no hope for him. The best that can be hoped for is to just make him as comfortable as his condition will allow. Symptoms of his condition include a novel, several novellas, and numerous short stories, and the longest-running erotica podcast in the history of the world.