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Welcome to Wade Garret, author of ‘extreme science fiction’ in the style of Dune. Today he talks about the influence and pervasiveness of science fiction and fantasy in our society.

At 33, Wade Garret is the youngest of three children (the only boy) born in NY, but raised in the southern United States. He’s married to a wonderful woman and has a convict for a dog. When not reading, writing or occasionally drinking at the pub, he can be found researching the latest comics or in the chair of his favorite tattoo shop.

Genesis is only the beginning for Mr. Garret’s epic Kingdom Come series.

Q) How pervasive do you think fantasy/sci-fi are in our society today? Why do you think this is?

A) They’re everywhere. As they should be. The people reading this can likely point to a dozen or more things in eyesight that have F/SF all over them: T-shirts, magazines, electronics, cereal boxes and so on. Honestly, lots of interests have learned to see $ where they didn’t before. The content has always been here, but with movies and TV driving it over the last few decades, it’s hit Warp Speed. Also, it’s cool to be a geek now.

Q) It has been argued fantasy is full of ‘tropes’ – what are your views on this?

A) So what? There are “tropes” in every genre. There’s common themes and archetypes in all fiction. The Hero’s Journey works for a reason. As a writer, you take those basics and make it interesting, worthwhile; the layers you build and the choices you make define how every story is unique and worth reading. Consider every epic fantasy you know. How different are they? How similar? Which one would you cast away because it came second, borrowing ideas or concepts from the first?

Q) Fantasy and science fiction used to be seen as very male-oriented, do you think this is still the case?

A) I could be wrong, but I don’t think so. I think the influx of YA stories have really impacted that model over the last decade. Anytime I walk into a bookstore I checkout the F/SF areas and discover a mixture of readers. In the YA areas, all female, all ages and the stories are F/SF. It’s great. I want my daughter to have a ton of options when choosing her next great adventure to read.

Q) How important are ‘facts’ in fantasy/science fiction – does something need to be plausible to be believable?

A) Most important. When you’re dealing with the Fantastic, believability is key. Once you build the framework for your world, the rules, you’ve got to stick to them. If you break or ignore your own rules, you better have a good reason, because if not, how is your reader going to 1) become a part of the amazing story you’re trying to tell and 2) feel w/e the emotion is you’re trying to impart to them as those rules come into conflict with the characters and the world?

Q) How has science fiction changed from the days of Mary Shelley and Jules Verne?

A) Only in that we have more material to work with which is now mundane, therefore, we must reach beyond the deep to inspire and mystify. Imagination is the real engine of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Considering what was once pulp content alone, separate from the flashy gadgets, odd gizmos or strange wizards with epic powers, I feel it’s now being taken seriously; the richness and depth is being respected. I love it, cause it means more people will experience it and pass it along.

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