by Shelt Garner
I know, in macro terms, where this series is heading and, as such, I’m pretty much forced to establish that certain high tech gadgets exist in this universe. And I like the idea of throwing a curve ball at the audience that it might not otherwise expect.
So, I’m using a bit of speculative fiction to spice things up some. It’s not a lot, but it does play a crucial part in the overall plot. I’m really beginning to like what I’ve come up with and the speculative fiction isn’t so crucial that I couldn’t’ potentially remove it if beta readers don’t like it.
The only problem with adding speculative fiction to this universe is I run the risk of overwhelming the reader with too many genres. This happens a lot with first time authors who get so excited that they’re actually writing a novel that they throw everything they’re interested into the story.
But, like I said, there are specific reasons for adding a speculative fiction element to this universe. It increases mystery. It heightens the stakes. And it prepares the way for similar technology to be used later in the series. I want to make it clear to the reader that very powerful people are involved in this situation and they have access to highly advanced technology.