Writing, Stories, and Poetry

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When I’m feeling whimsical I write. I do not claim to have any prowess in the art, but I love doing it, and figure why not post it. A lot of my writing is just fleeting impressions and images that cross my mind.

I love reading about post apocalyptic environments. Some of my favorite authors include, H.G. Wells, Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Neil Gaiman. While Wells and Gaiman don’t write about the disaster torn, sometimes totalitarian pictures of the future, they have their own examples of distopias. Brave New World inspired a generation of distopian fiction that has inspired many of us. Movies like Equilibrium, Dark City, and V for Vendetta have a lot of commonalities with this story.

Philip K. Dick focuses on a different type of distopia. He focuses on things that people do to themselves as a soceity. I love his work because, despite the fact that he is typically a scifi author, technology is not his focal point. He really keeps his focus on his characters. He examines questions from all sides of the story. A perfect example would be Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep. He examined what it meant to be human. He examined the situation from the perspective of the organization that wanted the replicants (synthetic humans) hunted, from the officer appointed to do the hunting, and the replicants being hunted. He examines these perspective to the point, that the reader may come out wondering who the protagonists are and who the antagonists are. His style is unique because, every main character or element is presented from the perspective of a protagonist or antihero. When the perspective shifts, those same people typically come to be represented as the antagonist. This duality has significantly impacted my writing.

While Neil Gaiman does not typically write about this type of future, as a matter of fact he tends to write in the current time in rather domestic situations, he frequently refers to unconventional forms of goverance. In Neverwhere he shows a whole system of governance based on mutual bartering. In Ananzi Boys he shows a system based on a pantheon of gods. More importantly to his influence on my writing, he uses vivid descriptions that inspire the reader to be able to picture the story without much effort, and without becoming too wordy.

Of course, this hardly reflects the list of authors and styles I read, and I assume that a lot of other things influence my writing, but these are the ones I’m the most concious of. I say that I assume this, because, I hardly believe that anyone could be fairly concious of all the influences around them. I believe that people are even influenced by things they do not like, without being the slightest bit aware.

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