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The thrill and mystery of science fiction

Today is officially National Star Wars Day, so let’s talk about science fiction. Star Wars itself has always seemed to me an odd mix of historical fiction and science fiction (after all, it did happen a long time ago), and therefore not as prescient as, say, Star Trek, which predicted–so far–smart phones, Alexa, and 3D printers, virtual reality, bluetooth, tablets, video chats, and whatever those things are the TSA uses to scan us at airports.

Now, you might ask, what’s a nice Miss Demeanor like you doing writing about a genre that’s not thriller or mystery? Well! Many, if not most, SF novels are structured like a thriller or a mystery.

Some of the greats:

— A bounty hunter hunts rebellious androids (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick)
— A kidnapped scientist must fight his way back to his wife and child or lose them forever (Dark Matter by Blake Crouch)
— A resurrected criminal is tasked with investigating a rich man’s death, by the newly resurrected rich man. (Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan)
— And last, but certainly not least, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away

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