Sci-Fi Week by Killa Heredia Bratt

In our seventh week of fiction, the amazing Terry Bisson has come to teach Creative Writing I a thing or two about science fiction.

Science Fiction is fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets. I was a little timid–it seemed like such a complex genre to step into. And who was I, someone who hardly ever reads or watches sci-fi, to write about it?

Before this unit, I was not really introduced to this particular genre, save for the occasional post-­apocalyptic novel. And with the first assignment that Terry gave us, watching The Day the Earth Stood Still, (the original) it seemed I would be diving head first into it.

The thing about that movie, is that amongst the spaceships and the robots and the aliens, the real meaning behind it is to be at peace. That war is a childish, immature thing. It is a thing of stupidity. And so even though with all the complex science, everything about it seemed to be straightforward and easy to understand.

The real fun started when we all shared out our ideas to each other. There was a huge range between GMO freak accidents, (GMOcalypse!) and animal hybrids which drove some people to incest, and even selected memories being deleted from one’s mind to improve education. Everyone’s imagination just really came together to create these new worlds.

And that’s when I realized there was absolutely no reason to be scared or apprehensive about writing sci-fi. It’s just a way to express your imagination, to deliver the message you want to get across just like you would any other story but with a twist. At least that’s what it is to me. I happen to love using my imagination. And with science fiction, you can do so much with it. So if you want to write stories about aliens or meteorites or even vampires whose to say you can’t?

Killa Heredia Bratt, class of 2019