My Unexpected Sci-Fi Novel

"The Kissing Couple" by Richard Lam -  2011 Vancouver Riot 

In January 2014, I was completely surprised when an idea for a sci-fi novel took over my creative world and inspired me to write 50,000 new words in January.

You might be thinking, historical fiction to sci-fi . . . bit of a leap. Actually, I've always been a huge sci-fi fan, and was even raised in a romance/sci-fi family. My mother wrote romance, and my father and brother are sci-fi nuts. Not to mention the first book I tried to write was sci-fi. I had been thinking up the idea throughout college but when I finally got to start writing it, I only got up to chapter six before A White Room swept me off my feet. That's what it's been like with S0L-M8, which is texting lingo for Soul Mate.

I got the idea while washing dishes. My husband is what you call an uber techno geek, so I know about a lot of up-and-coming technology and I was thinking about how we are in the middle of technological revolution. Things are progressing at an incredible rate, and it occurred to me that in ten years, I might not be washing my dishes the same way that I do today. It occurred to me that we are on the cusp of living in the future, and the future is going to be a world where everything is at our fingertips. We will have such instant access, we won't even need to leave o
ur houses.

We can go to school online, we can have products airlifted to us from Amazon or just print them out on a 3D printer. We can socialize virtually and pretty much do or find anything online. Then the idea hit me. What if we never left our homes because we didn't have to? Then it exploded into hundreds of details that would turn that idea into a story and by the time I walked to the bedroom to tell my husband, I knew I had to write it.

Next step, research spree. That's my secret to turn an idea into a story. I was unsure at first how to research the future and then I found TED Talks, which are these 15 minute videos of innovators talking about amazing things that may define our future. Visit or watch them on Netflix Instant.

I determined that I really didn't want to write a book that predicts the future, but write a book that reflects the possibilities of today. Everything in this novel is going to be based on things happening today. Oh, and it's a love story.

You guys know how I like to use pictures for inspiration, and I just happened across this image taken in 2011 during the Vancouver riots. The feeling you have when you look at that photo is what I want to create with my novel. Love a midst chaos. Beautiful.

I had to share it with you because it will be the image I return to time and time again as I continue work on this, just as I returned to the image of the Doyle-Mounce House over and over for A White Room. So to the left is a preliminary blurb, but keep in mind, things may change, even the title. 


A Love Story

Google Glass by wilbertbaan
2153, the world is dead, the air toxic, the sun searing, terrestrial life wiped out. Humanity has survived by retreating to encapsulated houses, all of society geographically dispersed but electronically connected. The only time humans leave the safety of their homes is to be placed with their soul mates, chosen for them by the United Continents genome algorithm.

Caraway Pearman met her soul-mate JayBird when she was five years old, and there is no doubt in her mind that he is her one and only. That is until they meet a couple online, Geyser and Chrysalis two people who were matched but who are clearly not soul mates. The algorithm is not perfect and there is no mechanism for re-selection. Caraway and Jay’s arguing suddenly becomes a terrifying possibility.

Caraway seeks the assistance of her mother, but in the middle of their conversation, there is screaming and shouting and then the connection is gone. Caraway and JayBird learn the Human Operated Robot Network or HORNET authorities have placed her parents on informational lock down and house arrest, but what's more is that they have removed her twin siblings and her 17-year-old brother Carob from the house and transported them to a nearby facility. It's a consequence so severe it’s unheard of and no one will tell her why.

Desperate to help her family, Caraway and JayBird decide to risk criminal charges and their lives to help the only people she has ever truly known. 

Their journey will not just determine who they are to one another. It will change everything . . .

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