Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Alicia Nordwell on Why Science Fiction Rocks Worlds

I love Alicia Nordwell's books. They're meaningful and deep with complicated characters, high stakes plots, and have lots of mind-blowing world-building. Events happen the way they do because the universe of the novel dictates consequences. Great stuff. Naturally, I wanted to know how she comes to write books like this one:

Their journey will span the universe and back, but there’s no guarantee they’ll make it together.

So, Alicia, about science fiction...

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My love of writing the science fiction genre was fueled by early exposure of Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books and Frank Herbert’s Dune. Anne McCaffrey’s early stories in the series weren’t strongly focused on any scientific principles even though they dictated the framework of the lives in all the weyrs and holds and were revealed in later books. I adored the way the stories unfolded so organically.

Dune is a marvel of intricate world-building focusing on the science of their known universe, but that is couched in symbolism and near magic to the layperson. Even with the complicated themes, the story flows so well it’s possible to gloss over the science governing space travel, the physical and chemical changes melange brings to the non-native species on Arrakis as well as the symbiotic relationship between the spice and the sandworms to just focus on Paul’s journey from pampered son to hardened warrior to jihad leader sweeping across the universe.

This love of both science and storytelling made it natural to begin my writing career with a science fiction story and that love is still going strong with the Saving Caeorleia series I’m currently writing. I’ve also peppered in several short stories (free to read!) such as Married to the Enemy, Cataclysmic Evolution, and Coupled in Synchronicity that explore different philosophies and scientific theories that fascinate me.

Space travel, aliens of all shapes and sizes, new planets to explore... they’re all written with an eye to the science we know today, what we theorize about tomorrow, and a healthy dose of ‘so not possible’ to create a hopefully unique landscape to interest readers. If you like to tease out the hard science, it’s there, but for the most part I hope you’ll just enjoy the story.

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Their journey will span the universe and back, but there’s no guarantee they’ll make it together.

Though Nick and Fieo are drawn to each other, their relationship has never been easy. Their differences go beyond their races, but they’ve managed to work together to prevent the spread of corruption, growing closer along the way. Nick still battles the effects of years of loneliness, fear, and pain but surprises everyone when he refuses to stay behind when Fieo is sent on a vital mission to find the Collectors. Fieo objects, but there’s no stopping Nick when he sets his mind to something. Over the course of their mission, it becomes clear Nick is more than anyone ever imagined, but the mystery of his past threatens to derail his future.

The search for the truth will take Fieo and Nick far from Caeorleia, to worlds both familiar and completely alien, and put stress on their already tenuous relationship. It’s a journey that will either tear them apart or finally bring them together. 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press  Cover Artist: Christine Griffin
Length: 288 Pages, 110.5k

Buy Links:
Dreamspinner Press: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/cosmic-inception-by-alicia-nordwell-7231-b

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cosmic-Inception-Saving-Caeorleia-Book-ebook/dp/B01HNGG5FM?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc#nav-subnav

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-cosmicinception-2061344-145.html

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cosmic-inception-alicia-nordwell/1124017736?ean=2940158348921

Where to Find More from Alicia Nordwell

Alicia Nordwell is one of those not so rare creatures, a reader turned writer. Striving to find something interesting to read one day, she decided to write what she wanted instead. Then the voices started ... Yep, not only does she talk about herself in the third person for bios, she has voices in her head constantly clamoring to get out.

Fortunately for readers, with the encouragement of her family and friends, she decided for her own sanity to keep writing. Now you can find her stories both free and e-published!She can be found quite often at her blog, where she has a lot of free fiction for readers to enjoy or working hard, or maybe hardly working, as an admin on GayAuthors.org under her online nickname, Cia.

Oh yeah, she's a wife, mom of two, and lives in the dreary, yet ideal for her redhead complexion, Pacific Northwest. Except for when she disappears into one of the many worlds in her head, of course!

Social Media:

Cia’s Stories: http://www.ciasstories.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicia.nordwell
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliciaNordwell
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4479520.Alicia_Nordwell

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7-21: Love Bytes Reviews

7-22: Nephy Hart :  The Novel Approach

7-23: Jim’s Blog  :  Carol Pedroso   

7-24: Mann Ramblings   

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  1. Thank you so much for having me, Tali! <3

    1. Thank you! What a great post about why science fiction is so great. :)

  2. I love this series!