I love science fiction. From an 80′s and 90′s childhood watching cartoons like Dino Riders and Widget the World Watcher, to being a teenager pinching my Dad’s collection of Asimov to take to boarding school, science fiction was an escape, a way to look at the world, askew. Novels like The Giver and Aliens: Earth Hive seem like they should probably not even be sold at the same book stores, let alone be categorised as the same genre. But that’s part of the beauty of science fiction – it can cover an entire universe of stories, as there’s an entire universe out there to explore. I have to thank whoever designed the Australian high school English curriculum, as they gave us Brave New World and 1984 to read.
Even though science fiction films like Her or Avatar (ugh) always seem to make a mint at the box office, too often science fiction novels and short story collections are seen as strictly the domain of tragically single nerds, not for general consumption. So, I thought to myself – how can I push science fiction on people who think it’s just written for acne-riddled teenage boys? Short stories are the answer.