I have written the first draft of an awesome sci-fi thriller called “Teratogen-H.” What is “Teratogen-H” about you ask? And I thought you didn’t give a damn enough to ask. Well, friend, the science fiction tale is about the not too distant future where science has revealed that homosexuality is not a choice, but is genetic. Sounds like a bright future doesn’t it? Well in my story my characters decide to abort unborn babies who have been “diagnosed.”
That sounds horrible! I know, but to me it sounds like the most realistic consequence to science discovering sexuality can be predetermined. I look at the current news today and see homophobia is still rampant in developed nations, so why wouldn’t it be so in the future?
So what happened to this story? I am still working on it. A story like this will be Indie. Maybe it will catch on with readers, maybe it will just piss people off, either way I am more than happy to publish it. Out of all the speculative fiction I have read very few of it had focused on race, sexuality or gender in a controversial way. If you have more than ten examples, please feel free to tell me.
Anyway, even if there are a thousand books that cause its readers to question the world they live in today, that still isn’t enough. The more the better, I say. But when an author does write about racism, homophobia or sexism and the literature has characters that are a part of these awful things, does that mean the writer are these things as well? Are the characters that a writer pens examples, metaphors, of the horrible things that make up the world or are the characters only really the writer?
I have written about many awful characters. Each time I stop and think, ‘Is this really me without worrying about the consequences?’ I can’t really say they are other people that I know. I have never interviewed anyone well enough to really understand them to the point where I can comfortably say they are the character in my story and not me.