Worlds without Number
In 1977, I fell in love with ‘Star Wars‘. I was eleven years old and had been reading science fiction for several years, I couldn’t get enough.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but George Lucas helped me understand how to build worlds and civilizations (except for the unfortunate Ewoks). I saw the universe as an expansive place where anything could happen.
Heinlein’s ‘Citizen of the Galaxy‘ helped me understand how to build social structure. That inequality existed in all social strata. Heroes came from any background. Every character should have elements of the protagonist and antagonist.
Anne McCaffrey had me dreaming of flying. Arthur C. Clarke inspired me to think beyond the confines of my understanding. Isaac Asimov taught me about rules of civilization and change. Ben Bova gave me an appreciation for the technicalities of science.
Whether the medium was visual or the written word, my subconscious paid attention to the worlds that were created by these great minds. I realized, I wanted to build worlds like these. I wanted to soar among the stars. Have good triumph over evil despite the cost. Destroy and rebuild worlds.
Now as I sit down and write, I have an eleven year old cheering me on. Excited to see our visions of what is and what could be come to life.