The following is a piece I started writing to get inside the head of a character I’d made for a friend’s Mindjammer role-playing game. Sadly the game struggled to take off and ended before I’d gotten round to finishing this piece, but I’m uploading what exists here for posterity.
One of the reasons I never finished this is that I do not like writing sci-fi. I love both science fiction and fantasy stories but in general find it significantly harder to write sci-fi that I’m happy with. I tend to get caught up in thinking too much about how the science and technology would work and whether what I’m describing is actually possible to enjoy the process. With fantasy I’m generally happy (well, happier) using a hand-wavey “well it’s magic, innit” rationalisation which allows me to concentrate more on the plot than the plausibility, making the task both easier and more enjoyable.
This was originally written in October 2014.