To celebrate Beltane and the release of her debut Sci-Fi-Rom, Keir,writer Pippa Jay is going to share a little ditty with us and that’s not all – she is also giving away a free ebook, entry details below…
Writing Demons into Science Fiction
Taken from Wikipedia – “A demon (or daemon, from Ancient Greek), is a supernatural being from various religions and folklores that is described as something that is not human and, in ordinary (almost universal) usage, malevolent.”
It might seem the most unlikely thing in the Universe to put into a science-fiction story. It isn’t a new idea though. The BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who has used it several times alone – see Doctor Who and the Daemons as an example, where the ‘demon’ in question is actually one of a technologically-advanced race of devilish-looking beings that visited the Earth. But in Keir, the male MC is feared and outcast for being a demon because of his weird blue skin – a genetic anomaly. His primitive society, without the necessary science to explain it, reverts to a mythological reason and condemns him accordingly.
Yet the original translation for “daimon” in Ancient Greek meant “spirit” or “divine power”, and didn’t carry the stigma of being a malevolent entity at all. The medieval concept of a “demon” being evil comes from Roman culture and has persisted into modern times. Demons are supposed to possess living creatures, or to be hideous fang-toothed, long-taloned monsters that like to rend and eat human flesh. Despite the fact that Keir looks entirely human aside from his odd coloration, displays no magical abilities at all, (and certainly never ate anybody) doesn’t save him from the accusations.
Although I tend to write science fiction more than anything, I love fantasy too and I’ve tried to blend elements of both into my work. In Keir, the medieval style society into which he was born condemns his freakish appearance as being demonic. The spawn of something darkly supernatural. On his world, such beings are completely mythical and the result of superstition, although the religion is not a predominant force in his culture. Much to his own horror, he learns that the truth behind his strangeness is something all the more terrifying for being real.
But I’m not going to tell you what that is. You’ll have to read the book to find out.
So on that note I’m offering a free e-book to a random commentator on this blog. Just tell me what your favorite supernatural being is and why (and leave your contact details please). Also, if you stop by my blog here on the 7th May (the official release date for Keir) there’s a special prize up for grabs too. J
Keir – a science-fiction romance available 7th May 2012 from Lyrical Press Inc
Outcast. Cursed. Dying. Is Keir beyond redemption?
For Keirlan de Corizi–the legendary ‘Blue Demon’ of Adalucien–death seems the only escape from a world where his discolored skin marks him as an oddity and condemns him to life as a pariah. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise: Tarquin Secker, a young woman who can travel the stars with a wave of her hand.
But Quin has secrets of her own. She’s spent eternity searching through space and time with a strange band of companions at her back. Defying her friends’ counsel, Quin risks her apparent immortality to save Keir. She offers him sanctuary and a new life on her home world, Lyagnius.
When Keir mistakenly unleashes his dormant alien powers and earns instant exile from Quin’s home world, will she risk everything to stand by him again?
A stay-at-home mum of three who spent twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay bases her stories on a lifetime addiction to science-fiction books and films. Somewhere along the line a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her characters, she spends the odd free moments trying to learn guitar, indulging in freestyle street dance and drinking high-caffeine coffee. Although happily settled in historical Colchester in the UK with her husband of 18 years, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.
Keir – Beyond Redemption (book page)
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