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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Another New Blogger: Sabrina Garie and Getting Bitten by The SciFi Bug



Hi I’m Sabrina



I’m new to Starbound Lovers and excited to be here. I’ll be blogging monthly along with these other fabulous ladies.

I’m a single mother of a tween girl who’s just entered that long,dark corridor to hell known as puberty. It’s loads of fun at my house.  When her moods are not swinging (and even when they are) she is is the source of  my profoundest joy. Exploration is built into my DNA  so I tend to be in perpetual motion, having lived in many places—Washington, D.C., Chicago, Boston, Vienna, Austria, Florence, Italy, London, UK to name a few–and visited an awful lot more.  That wanderer gene explains my love for books, the paranormal and science fiction—“to go where no one has gone before.”  For years of my youth, I wanted to be an astronaut, just to see what’s out there.  Stuck on earth, I live out those fantasies by just making it up myself.

I’m An Author


I write paranormal, science fiction, romantica and contemporary romance. I have a paranormal novella, Fires of Justice, and a contemporary, Next Move, coming soon, both from Ellora’s Cave. My current WIP, which I envision as part of a series, is hard core science fiction romance. Strong, kick ass women who have as much pain to work through as the damaged hero they love are my passion as a writer and a reader.  Life is hard and I like to see people move beyond their own limits. I have found much of my own inspiration to go further and higher from book heroines and heroes.  Writing is my way of giving back to something that has been important to me.

How I Got the Scifi Bug


In ninth grade, my teacher, Ms. Culhane assigned Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke. That book blew me away.  Written in 1953, the basic story is one of aliens coming down to earth to steward humanity to a golden age of peace and prosperity.  Known as the Overlords, they refuse to show themselves for 50 years.  When they do, the look like devils.  The Overlords were sent by the Overmind to guard humanity as it reaches its finality evolution outside the human body to join the Overmind.

Why did this book make me the scifi whore I am today.  Here’s why: 
  1.  It challenged everyday mores.  For examples, marriages in the book were by 5 or 10 year contract, not permanent love alliances.  Whether you agree with it or not, the challenge of it, made me realize there is not one way for humans to be and no institutions destined to last forever. 
  2.  It showed how incidents in human history can morph into deep cultural norms and fears that profoundly shape our world. The Overlords had come once before but humanity had not been ready at the time for the final evolution.  So the image of the devil integrated into human consciousness as associated with evil and the end of the world. That is why the overlords did not show themselves until a generation grew up with them—because it takes at least that much time (two generations) to change a culture profoundly.
  3.  It portrayed evolution as having a psychic element—given how little we understand of the mind and we always play with psy abilities as one of our fantasies and horrors, this put it together in a nice accessible story as to why that might be.

Nice to meet you all. What book, movie, tv show, fill in the blank, turned you onto sci fi or sci fi romance?

When I am not blogging here, you can find me at:
Web/blog:  sabrinagarie.com
Twitter:  @sabrinagarie
Facebook:  facebook.com/sabrinagarieauthor
Paranormal/scifigroup blog: www.darkertemptations.wordpress.com



Sabrina Garie is on a journey to create the most kick-ass heroine in romance fiction. You can meet the first heroine in Fires of Justice at Elloras Cave, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

4 comments:

Kimber Vale said...

Hi, Sabrina. Nice to meet you! I think books like Madeleine L’Engle's "Wrinkle in Time" and "A Swiftly Tilting Planet" first turned me on to sci-fi. Also, "Battlefield Earth" made a big impression on me in middle school. I love the "what if" that science fiction presents, which pure fantasy does not. Looking forward to more of your posts!

naomibaltuck said...

Hi Sabrina,
I wish I'd had a ninth grade teacher who had assigned me science fiction to read! Great post.

tmycann said...

I think mine was also "Wrinkle in Time." I remember it being featured in the school library when I was in 2nd grade, and being utterly absorbed by it. I love low fantasy because of that book. It took a few more years before I discovered Anne McCaffrey's high fantasy with her Pern books... and I've been a goner since. :)

Sabrina Garie said...

Hi Kimber, nice to meet you too. Hi Naomi and Tonya. Thanks for visiting. I must admit A Wrinkle in Time remains one of my all-time favorite books but its the book that got me reading--in spending time with books as friends, companions to the imagination. CH really was what got me into science fiction as a genre (technology, space, aliens, planets).

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