Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Kate Kelly - Speculative Fiction Writer

I'm thrilled to introduce this week's Speculative Fiction Writer, Kate Kelly. Many of you will already know her through her blog, The Scribbling SeaSerpent. Today she's going to talk about when science fiction becomes science fact. Over to you, Kelly.



Today’s Science Fiction – Tomorrow’s Science Fact

None of us can know the future. The possibilities are endless. We can only guess at what might be the fate of our planet. It is these endless possibilities that are the fuel for today’s science fiction.

But what when science fiction becomes science fact?

Wind the clock back over a hundred years to those first Victorian writers who defined the genre. Take one of my all-time favourite authors – HG Wells - a lot of his predictions seem so silly to us now. No-one’s invented a Time Machine. The Martians didn’t invade.

But look a little closer. Look at the technology. Look at the heat ray the Martians used. Now we have lasers, but at the time such a weapon was pure fiction. So was the idea of a man walking on the moon? The First Men in the moon was written in 1901 and must have seemed pure fantasy – while for us today the lunar landings are part of history.

And moving forward in time – you only have to look at a few star Trek episodes to see science in the making – Captain Kirk with a mobile phone before anyone had heard of such a device, Jean-Luc Pickard with his IPad.

In fact some Science Fiction can be eerily prophetic.

And what of the future? What of today’s Science Fiction technologies?

Will interstellar space flight become a reality? The concept of Warp Drive is based on scientific theory – we just don’t have any way of making it work – at least – not yet. But maybe, one day, we really will set up colonies on other worlds.

Of course, this is assuming that we don’t destroy ourselves first. There is an awful lot of post-apocalyptic and dystopian science fiction around at the moment – darkly imagined futures, society in ruins.

Let’s hope that these predictions don’t come true! 


The ice caps have melted. The coastal areas we once knew are gone and only scavvers now live in the flooded towns. The world has changed, but as 14-year-old Danni Rushton soon discovers, it isn't the first time... Living with her uncle after the tragic death of her parents, Danni s world is turned upside down when her aunt is assassinated. With her dying breath, she entrusts Danni with a strange, small rock. Danni must not tell a soul that she has it. But what is the rock for, and to what lengths must Danni go to keep it safe? This action-packed adventure takes the reader from the barren terrain of Greenland, to the flooded ruins of Cambridge, and on to a sinister monastery in Malta. In her effort to save her uncle and evade a power-hungry space agency, Danni discovers that friends aren’t always what they seem, and a rock isn't always just a rock...

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Kate Kelly is a marine scientist by day but by night she writes SF thrillers for kids. Her love of the sea inspires many of the themes in her writing. Kate’s debut novel Red Rock is published by Curious Fox.

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Thank you, Kelly. As much as I love post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, I hope the predictions don't come true either. I only wish that I could still be here when humanity ventures out into space. Alas, I think that is a long time away. In the meantime, Red Rock is going on my TBR list!

That's it for this week. I'll be back on Monday. Have a great rest of the week.

5 comments:

  1. Star Trek and the iPads - I used that same idea in my books, and that was even before the first iPad was released.
    As you said, who knows what we'll see in the coming years.
    Congratulations, Kate!

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  2. This is right up my alley, as I've written about a future earth where the ice caps are all melted too! That's cool that you are a marine biologist as well as an author. I will have to check out Red Rock. (Good cover)

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  3. Ooh - I'm curious to know what else you might have foreseen, Alex :-) And another author who writes Cli-Fi - seems to be a bit of a trend at the moment. I'll have to check out your book too Catherine. What's it called?

    And thank you to Ellie for making me so welcome here :-)

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  4. Many predictions have been made in SF, Isaac Asimov predicted the pocket calculator long before they were possible. In 1945 before the USA had built one, Philip Wyle was arrested by the FBI for describing an atom bomb so well they thought he was leaking secrets when writing an SF story set in 1956.
    The predictions I would like to see are matter transmission and anti gravity, both would change society beyond recognition. As an afterthought, as far as I know, no one predicted the Internet.

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  5. I *must* add this to my reading list. Cool day job, Kate. Wishing you all success.

    Happy Wednesday, Ellie :D

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