Hello friends! I hope you are flying high today because we’re spending time in the skies, way up there! Today author Natacha Guyot is visiting us to talk about spaceships, science fiction, writing, and how all three tie together. Let’s give her a warm welcome.
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I was introduced to Science Fiction when only two years old; with the Muppet Show episode featuring Star Wars cast members from the Original Trilogy. Yet, my first vibrant memory of a space ship isn’t the Pigs in Space craft but the starships in the actual Star Wars movies, which I saw when seven. Up to this day, I have a great fondness for the Millenium Falcon.
I appreciate different types of Science Fiction, but Space Opera might be my favorite. The strong stories in space (including battles) of it have to do with such a liking. When I used to create fan videos, the space sequences were always a joy to incorporate into my projects.
Spaceships are fascinating whether as machines (means of transportation, flying homes for one or more characters) or in a rarer form as sentient beings. The latter case was one of the reason that I watched the TV series Farscape with much interest. The Leviathans were a fascinating species and I liked how the communication was developed whether via their symbiotic alien pilot for the pureblood Leviathans or via sounds and lights for Talyn, the Peacekeeper/Leviathan hybrid. This fascination eventually led to delving in more details about this special spaceship’s storyline in my essay Talyn’s Heroic Journey in Farscape.
Ironically, I haven’t have written many stories involving spaceships so far. In my first novella, La Cité de Sharianth, my main character was at a military academy and dreamed of becoming a renowned pilot. Yet, the story never took the space travel direction. My first novel, Les Vestiges de l’Ombre involved space travel, but it wasn’t a crucial type of scenery or events. The same can be said of my upcoming novella The Dream Crusher.
In the future, I hope to develop stories that more Space Opera oriented. It will likely include some with space military dimension à la Mass Effect. Having returned to fiction writing in 2014 after a ten-year break has made me eager to revisit old plot and universe ideas, as well as new ones. Beside Fantasy, Science Fiction remains my genre of predilection to write. So, my readers can expect space ships in the future!
Natacha Guyot is a French researcher, author, and public speaker. She holds two Master’s degrees: Film and Media Studies (Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle) and Digital Culture and Technology (King’s College London).
Her main fields of interest are Science fiction, Gender Studies, Children Media and Fan Studies. Besides her nonfiction work, she also writes Science Fiction and Fantasy stories.
Blurb from Talyn’s Heroic Journey in Farscape
Created in 1999 by Rockne S. O’Bannon, the Science Fiction television series Farscape focuses on the eclectic crew of a living ship called Moya. One of the supporting characters, Talyn, is Moya’s hybrid offspring, is born at the end of the first season and also experiences his own heroic journey.
Since the show belongs to the Science Fiction genre, it is interesting to study how a non-human character that isn’t even humanoid might become a hero. While cyborg and alien heroes have existed in Science Fiction narratives of many kinds, it remains rather rare that a space ship, even alive and sentient, is given significant character development.
Three elements are of particular significance in the analysis of hybrid’s heroic journey: Talyn’s origins and likeness to a Chosen One character type, his two mentor figures – Aeryn Sun and Bialar Crais, and the darker times Talyn faces before finding redemption upon his death.
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~Thank you for taking the time to visit, Natacha! I have my copy Talyn’s Heroic Journey in Farscape and will review it soon. Have you read any great science fiction stories lately?