Second blog post the day before I do a book signing at Trafford Centre WHSmith, Manchester 21st September.
Thinking of the themes contained within the Orbital Kin science fiction novel from 2013, there were many things at the begining of writing all the way through to the end, some new and some older.
There are many things that I think about, some things which trouble or fascinate me which relate and connect to the science fiction genre and this new novel does link to a number of them.
Initially the book focuses on scientific research, experimentation, breakthroughs. In our current modern world these events and happenings are often very curious, sometimes amazing and herald hope for many who need medication, physical help, help from disease, illnesses of many kinds etc.
I also think about how corporations often seem to get too connected to medical and scientific research and how that could be a very good or extremely negative element.
The story looks at the role of Britain in space exploration, how far or much further that might go or have been going. Are we able to do such things when currently much of the population are heading to food banks and unemployment?
The third part of the book explores potential ruin and chaos across the UK, causes by a mystery disease, outbreak or virus. Are we actually safe from these kinds of things? How would we cope-as a society, as individuals, as families or communities?
Some of the book observes and explores the difficult balance between science and religion, faith and facts, optimism and tragedy, hope and chaos. If there is life further out there in space, can we reach it, would it allow us to know? Should we make contact? Have we already done so? If we did, would that be the end of us…or the very begining?
I am book signing Orbital Kin 21st September (tomorrow) in WHSmith, Trafford Cen. Manchester.