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Coming back to my Science Fiction novel “PSA” after a solid two months away from it resulted in what I can only term as “culture shock”, something I have to admit I’ve never really experienced within my own work. I’m as much as a SF, Fantasy and horror child as you can get: I’ve been steeped in these genres nearly all my life, marinating in their ideas, methods, styles and terminology for aeyonks.  I’m comfortable flitting from one genre to another, spinning ideas into yarns at the drop of a hat. Many times during my tenure as a video-game writer/content-developer saw me writing proposals, short stories and other material for wildly different styles of games within the same day, shifting gears in type of game, genre and concept, without batting an eyelid. But these were mere dalliances, passing from one concept to another as if they were hors d’oeuvres to be sampled without getting the full flavour. However, coming from a deep writing experience at the novel level in the Fantasy genre and shifting to a similar experience in Science Fiction made me balk at jumping straight back in. I was, quite frankly, out of my depth – at least at first blush.

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What kind of music do YOU think goes with this?

Like most creative types, I have been constantly inspired by music. For me, it is a natural part of the creative process, enabling me to transpose myself into a different frame of mind, almost like method acting. I’ve also been known to wear an appropriate (or inappropriate in some cases)  hat for a specific character or scene so I can get a feel for the content and in essence become a character, or conjure a scene more easily. I find that if I can find the right music track, I can concentrate on the themes and emotional suites, stirring up sleights of mind that I couldn’t plan for.  I can’t remember a piece of writing, especially, that hasn’t had its own soundtrack, or been inspired by one.

With that in mind, I have been concocting a soundtrack of tracks for my novel in progress, trying to capture themes of space travel, alien cultures, odd environments, eccentric characters, weird yet natural feelings, tribal notes, etc.  About 2/3 of the book will take place in areas where the only human character is the protagonist, so I’ve been careful not to include things which don’t sound too terrestrial or mundane.

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