A Different Spectrum
I have always thought that I have viewed the world using a different spectrum. At one end I miss the things that are blindingly obvious to anyone else. At the other, I see things that others miss. So my take on the world is a little askew – if not sometimes weird. So this blog reflects that. As do my works – my novel, my short stories and my poetry.
Scott Bailey is an author and blogger. His works include the dystopian novel “Mankind Limited”, “Thirteen Tales” – a collection of Ghost Stories and “A Spring of Dreams” collection of poetry, plus his latest work, a collection of epic poems – “Andervayne’s Dream”. His blogging ranges across family articles, poetry and short stories and even the odd book or movie review.
I have always been a bookworm, I started with Enid Blyton and the Famous Five as well as Tales of Robin Hood and King Arthur. These latter lead me into fantasy, along with a teacher at primary school who read us The Hobbit.
That was when I first started writing. I attempted to write a sequel which I titled the Hobbit’s Cousin. I was devastated when my Uncle told me there was already a sequel but to his credit – he gave me his copy of The Lord of the Rings.
Then I was hooked. I was a fantasy fan. I read all I could.
I was somewhat disappointed. All I seemed to find were rip-offs of the master himself. Tolkien clones. I almost gave up reading and writing.
Another teacher – oddly a maths teacher came to the rescue. He introduced me to what would become my favourite books of all time. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R Donaldson.
This opened my eyes. Not only could fantasy be radically different but could be so much more psychologically deep and challenging. He remains my favourite author to this day.
However, around the same time, I also discovered Frank Herbert and his masterpiece Dune! This sparked a new passion – science fiction. And this is where my main passions still lean. And while I enjoy new science fiction I particularly love vintage sci-fi. From Asimov and Arthur C Clarke, From Philip Jose Farmer to James Blish. I even like even older works – Odd John, Last and First Men – both by Olaf Stapledon. Gladiator by Philip Wylie, The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
There is something otherworldly about sci-fi written so long ago and much of it still works – even when the science is somewhat questionable.
So those are my influences. What are yours?