I suppose the answer to that is that I have a low boredom threshold and writing about people in other worlds is a way of putting my imagination to work. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy ‘grounded’ stories. I have written two, both of the crime fiction genre. As much as I enjoyed this, at times I found myself confined to the rules of the planet on which we all reside, and I couldn’t branch out. I couldn’t, for example, give my protagonist the ‘Sight’ as I did with the main character in A Gaze of Flint. Neither could I have given her the chance to meet two characters from a parallel universe, which again features in this book.
Writing Science Fiction also allowed me to imagine what going from one universe to another would be like for a person, without having to go into the realms of quantum physics. In my fiction, Quantum physics, though interesting, doesn’t quite cut it as much as using a special device which de-materialises the subject, and then materialises them in another world, in a matter of seconds. Orion, the male protagonist, does this all the time.
Lastly, I want to write. I don’t want to spend my precious time ploughing through research to make sure that the technology I’m talking about on Earth holds water. Writing Science Fiction is a way of by-passing all that. So, if I want to create solar-powered carriages, and talk about simple pathways between two regions in another dimension, I can.
Even so, my characters, whether Earthlings or those from a parallel universe, can all be identified with anybody on Earth. That’s why I’m so fond of them all. Weird creatures/life-forms are not for me, though I respect anybody who can dream them up and pull them off.
I suppose the essence of my brand of science fiction is that I put ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. Then, my imagination can race away and polish away the tarnish of life on hum-drum Earth and hopefully, do the same for my readers.