Thursday, November 19, 2015

Welcome and thank you!

Welcome to the Reasoned Ravings of author T. K. Krug, and thank you for visiting!

This blog is meant to take down my thoughts as I embark on my first Science Fiction series. Writing Sci-Fi is one hell of an adventure. Since readers of the genre tend to be a little... let's say, scrutinizing of facts, there's a lot of research involved when you set out to write a watertight story. With that research comes plenty of thought, which doesn't always fit into the narrative, so I expect that my blog space will be a sort of outlet for sidebars that didn't make it into the story.

We live in fascinating times. I consider myself fortunate to be alive in this age, even with so much still wrong in so many parts of the world. The innocent prosperity of the 90's has devolved into a period that often seems full of chaos and mutual distrust. But I see plenty of cause for hope. The world is rising together against the possibly the greatest evil of our generation, Islamic State. There's rising awareness of climate change, and a corresponding agreement that the world needs to face it as one.

Most exciting to me is a renewed interest in science, especially the exploration of our solar system. This is most vividly displayed by the recent release of The Martian in theaters. The movie, like the book before it, received universal acclaim. To me, that's indicative of our resurgent fascination with space exploration.

And look at all the things to be excited about! We have a science panzer rolling around Mars right now. We've seen Pluto for the first time, and it's got the brightest minds in the scientific community giddy. Enceladus has recently gained the spotlight as a possible home for extraterrestrial life.

It's mind-blowing stuff, and that's why I've opted to keep my story within the bounds of the solar system. I want to encourage the idea that our own back yard is packed with wonders. I want to showcase what it might be like to live on worlds like Mars, Europa, Enceladus, Triton, and even Haumea. I've gone one step further, but I'll expand on that in a later post. It's thrilling to write about, and sobering as well, because new scientific findings are being announced almost daily about settings that I've already fleshed out in my story. Also, many of the places my characters visit haven't been explored at all, just observed at such great distances and in such poor detail that I'm left to make educated guesses.

Call it the thrill of discovery in absentia. It's alright. I'm in love.

At the same time, I have to confront the fact that living so far from our home may not be a pleasant experience. This is the core idea behind my story.

An entire civilization declares in one voice that life in the far reaches of the solar system isn't life at all, that it isn't worth living, and that they're coming home. At any cost.

I could go on about this for pages. I mean, I wrote a whole book about it, and there's going to be a series to follow.

For now, I'll close by saying thank you again for taking the time to visit. Let me leave you with possibly the most inspiring digital short I've ever seen, The Wanderers.

Next post, I plan to tackle the as-yet-unsolved problem: what do I name my series?