I have always thought of science fiction and fantasy as the Out-of-the Box
genres. They stretch the mind, coaxing it out of the mundane and into the
extraordinary. Especially science fiction because there are no magic bullets
to get characters out of a fix. No rings to rule them all. But, theyâ€™ve got
really cool gizmos and gadgets and awesome ways to get from point A to point
B. Think Star Wars.
Add some romance to the mix, and well, youâ€™ve got it all. Again, think Star
Wars. Think Princess Leia and Han Solo. Without that added nuance, youâ€™ve
a great tale with all the elements Joseph Campbell pointed out in his Hero
With A Thousand Faces. But the romance makes it touching. Makes it human.
Provides the warm fuzzies many of us (including myself) want and need to
the experience complete.
Thatâ€™s what I like to write and to read: science fiction adventures and love
stories that sprinkle in some fantasy (just canâ€™t help myself.) I like to
my characters and put them in situations where the reader can enjoy the read
(my primary goal) but also can explore contemporary issues in an out-of-the-
box format. Itâ€™s a non-threatening way to get the readerâ€™s mind to problem
solve. Take my book THE PEACEKEEPER CORP. That book is way out there and not
for everyoneâ€™s taste, but its underlying question is how much guidance does
one give a third-world-type population in order to nudge it into a so-called
better lifestyle? Itâ€™s not an in-your-face exploration. I hate those. It
really doesnâ€™t even answer that question. But it does explore it.
Iâ€™ve just launched a new series that looks at over-population, planetâ€™s
resources and the need to protect Mother Earth. The fantasy touch with this
series is that all of the planets are sentient beings. But talk with our
modern-day druids of Earth, our shamans or aboriginal tribes, and they would
tell you our Earth, our home, is sentient. So, is my fantasy touch actually
See what I mean? Out-of-the-box.
Readers, what out-of-the-box themes do you like to read in science
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C.B. Williams is the author of several fantasy romance books that span the
subgenres of Young Adult, Space Opera, Science Fiction and Romance. While
story is a grand adventure into time and dimension, her stories are also
reflections of contemporary issues such as social norms, relationships,
spirituality and environmentalism. She writes with keen emotional depth,
insightful observations on human nature, and a fabulously quirky sense of
C.B. expresses her creativity across a variety of mediums, including
blogging and vlogging. She enjoys candid and open interactions with fans,
readers and other authors, and shares her talent and knowledge of the craft
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C.B. recently moved to Washington State, in the shadow of Mt. Rainier with
husband, three dogs, four cats and the wild things that share their space
When she's not writing, you can find her painting, adventuring, blogging or
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Eloch, the Champion of Entean, is asked by the planet who loves him to
travel light-years from his home to Spur, a technologically advanced planet
whose citizens are determined to colonize Entean.
And because Eloch loves his planet Entean, he goes...only to discover that
vast power flowing through him, power only a Champion can wield, vanishes
moment the spacecraft bound for Spur enters its first wormhole.
Now powerless and alone, how can Eloch stop the colonization, as he has
Meanwhile, on Spur, SubCity KinLord Wren has her own problems. Sensing the
imminent threat of a Culling, in which the strongest of her Folk are taken
serve the UpperUppers who live Above while the weak and old are killed, she
must find a way to protect those under her care. How can she give the
what they want while keeping those they don't alive?
Eloch and Wren-strangers from different corners of the universe brought
together by happenstance. When their paths cross, it will change each of
missions to serve and protect, as well as the course of their very lives.
9 comments posted.
Though the themes of sci-fi may seem out of the box, I think they're pretty plausible and likely to happen (or have happened), so none of the themes seem out-of-the-box to me. But I love dimension and time traveling (or any traveling, space etc...) because you can read two parallels that might seem different but are actually very much the same.
(Lisa L. 8:53am June 11, 2015)
I am really drawn to stories that take existing mythology but where an author puts their own twist/flavor on to. Other than that I am a fan of most anything that is sci-fi or fantasy based!
(Kassandra Appel 7:41pm June 12, 2015)
Time travel always makes my head hurt! I like things that could be possible - makes the story more exciting!
(Lindsey Andronak 1:48pm June 13, 2015)