When I write short fiction or poetry, my work tends towards a darker tone with some mythology mixed in. My essays are almost entirely writer/reader relationship based. Reading, I usually pick up fantasy, horror, and something more. What really gets me going, where I feel the most comfortable, the most inspired, is Science Fiction. Above the others, Science Fiction has always fascinated me, always caused me to ask “what if?” SF is such a deep detailed parent genre, there’s so much to see and do and think about. Everything from Star Wars and Flash Gordon to Black Mirror or Love Death and Robots just grabs me and won’t let go.
Four of my all-time heroes are SF characters: Ellen Ripley, Leia Organa, Sarah Connor, and Jean-Luc Picard.
Let’s take a good long look at I, Robot. I’ve picked this book because it’s foundational. Naturally, I’ve experienced Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics though film and T.V. but I’ve never read the book.
- My thesis novel sits squarely within the Science Fiction genre with a robotic main character as a secondary protagonist.
- The story deals not just with the idea of A.I. sentience, but the very essence of “soul” and female or feminine strength / power.
- It’s important to me to understand I, Robot and Asimov’s influence on the genre if I’m going to be writing an entire novel with a robo-copilot. She’s not bound by the laws, by the way, but they have influenced a whole lot of fiction and general thought involving robots.
Besides, I better be able to understand how others have worked with his influences, where they ran with his ideas, and how Asimov’s robots grew into today’s in-organic lifeforms. Armed with that knowledge, I can construct my own robots in ways that will be new, but feel comfortable and familiar.
Dr. Calvin, too, I think has more to say to the world than to act as a simple device explaining men’s machines. There’s something more to her. She might possess some qualities, hidden bits, that could enlighten my characters and bring another voice to the female power party.
Sarah Ockershausen Delp