You must know by now that Jan. 18 is the next #IWSG, but in case you’ve been testing out cave dwellings this winter, here’s a reminder. Need more information? HERE it is!
This month I’m featuring FULL DARK a collection of tales that has something for everybody. And sci-fi is well-represented. Today please welcome David P. King, one of the Full Dark authors. Take it away, David!
After a complete roller coaster of a year in 2017, it was a total surprise when Melissa Maygrove invited me to contribute to the Full Dark anthology. Her request for Twilight Zone-ish stories prompted something I’d written over a decade ago, inspired by a supernatural encyclopedia entry that touched on forerunners–essentially a doppelganger that manifests in the future of the individual’s actions. For example, being present and mingling with people at a party or doing something terrible, before the actual person arrives at the party or has the chance to do that terrible deed. My entry Forerunner provides a few actual examples of this phenomenon, including one which was supposedly experienced by Mark Twain.
Forerunner was one of my favorite stories in this anthology. My REVIEW.
Okay, Sci-fi writers/readers are you up for a wee quiz this week?
True/False about sci-fi and time
1 Mary Shelley’s 1818 publication, Frankenstein, is soon to have a 200th birthday. Is it true or false that her story, The Last Man, vies with Frankenstein for first place as the first true science fiction novel?
2 Scientists have given up trying to prove that Einstein was right when he proposed that the higher you live above sea level the faster time passes.
Answers to last week’s T/F Quiz on India
Salman Rushdie’s novel, Midnight’s Children, describes English as the native tongue of children born in the 1950s.
- TRUE. His allegorical novel takes place at the time India became independent from Great Britain. One of the British empire’s legacies is its language.
2.While the surname, Souza, is Portugese, it’s a common name in parts of India.
- TRUE. Portugese Goa was annexed by the Republic of India. Good or bad? Depends on your point of view.
Quote of the Week: “Science fiction predicts the future with startling accuracy. Perhaps we should set up hotlines where you can call a sci-fi writer for $3.99 a minute.” John Doppler