What Sets SFF Apart from Other Genres by Dean C. Moore – Guest Blog and Giveaway

 

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What Sets SFF Apart From Other Genres?
There’s no question reading fiction of any kind is the ultimate exercise for the mind. If you’re solving a mathematical problem, your rational brain is in charge. There could well be creativity involved; anything done well enough rises to the level of art. But when you read, something truly mystical and magical happens. For one thing, your rational mind is engaged, but so much more of your mind is involved. Your left and right hemispheres come into sync, your superconscious, conscious, and unconscious minds are engaged. By utilizing all of your mind, and by recruiting that much mind power you have what it takes to truly transform yourself. But the gift of books doesn’t just stop there, for storytellers who excel at their trade are all master spell casters; their books but one elaborate magical spell designed to remake you from the ground up. So with the ultimate tool of self-transformation in your hands, the question becomes what do you want to remake yourself into?

And that, my friends, is what sets sci-fi and paranormal fantasy apart from other genres. You could choose to be the best human you can be. A noble enough quest. But why stop there? Why not aim higher, at being the best superhuman or trans-human you can be? Why not start visualizing yourself performing the feats no mere mortal could ever pull off, from telepathy to telekinesis to teleportation? How about being in several places at once? Maybe you’d like to use your body like a spaceship and simply fly to your next location. Perhaps you’d like to live forever, each day more powerful than the last. These may seem like childish fantasies, but children may well possess a wisdom that we lose along the way. After all, current research in the field of psychobiology suggests the power of belief is far greater than we ever imagined. Cancer patients have cured themselves of cancer by simply visualizing themselves getting better! Zen monks, saints, and sages throughout time have been documented and witnessed demonstrating all manner of remarkable things, including—that’s right—all of the superpowers listed above. How many of these folks are actually alive at any point in history is hard to gauge because, as you can well imagine, they tend to stay hidden away in remote locations in the Himalayas. Some, like shamans of old, situate themselves on power spots throughout the world to magnify their abilities.

The science and technique of self-transformation and self-empowerment is actually quite elaborate and goes back thousands of years. It was a Taoist master, seated in meditation that mapped out the nadirs and chakras for us, who outlined the mechanics of the entire energy body used in acupuncture and acupressure to this day. Other secrets have been handed down from Tibetan Buddhist masters, Sufi masters… The list goes on.

So now we’ve arrived at what separates me from other writers in my field of paranormal fantasy and sci-fi. I don’t just dream big, I dig into how it is we can actually do these things. I study those who have mastered these gifts, and I relay their secrets to you through my stories. Reading any of my books is like taking a master class in the subject. Reading all of them is like getting a graduate degree in the field. And adding to your reading with each new title is like the way many do post graduate work.

But are these books then mere primers for how to escape, not just temporarily but permanently, from your humdrum world into wildly fantastic alternate realities? Well, if they were, they’d hardly be fun reads. That’s why I digested thousands of books over the decades so I can transform that learning into fun sci-fi and paranormal fantasy novels as suitable to YA audiences as to adults. God forbid anything get in the way of a rollicking good time. If anything, my novels are just the opposite of those stodgy manuals; they read like fast paced action and adventure and thriller films ensconced in the genres of sci-fi and paranormal fantasy.

Some disclaimers: I frequently merge the two genres of sci-fi and paranormal fantasy to varying degrees. The mix in The Warlock’s Friend is about fifty-fifty, similarly with the series Renaissance 2.0 and The Hundred Year Clones. Blood Brothers is ninety-percent paranormal fantasy. Escape From the Future is sci-fi and urban fantasy along with paranormal fantasy. Don’t let the hybrid novels scare you. I write sci-fi in such a way as to make it accessible to those who traditionally find the genre too technical, perhaps even too male, when you consider the equal weighting I give my female characters who are every bit the match for their male counterparts. And if you do find yourself challenged by brief sections of the books, remember what’s at stake: I don’t just want to make you think you have superpowers for a while as part of some escapist dream; I want to give them to you for real. That said, you will escape your world entirely, I promise you, the way you can read Animal Farm on any number of levels, including the one that’s just sheer fun, with plenty of action.

What’s the overall feel of these sci-fi/paranormal fantasy mergers? Think Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, Star Trek Into Darkness, Wolverine, and X-Men, down to and including the dark humor. More recent examples would include the TV series, Forever, and Extant.

Fraternal twins are separated from birth, and raised to be assassins. They were never meant to meet. But even when kept apart, they’re just too powerful. Their paranormal abilities cease to be an advantage when they can no longer be controlled. So they are scheduled for cancellation.

Their paths cross before they can be taken out. It is only then that they discover the true depths of their betrayal. Not only are they stronger when they’re together, they’re half-breeds, sired by an all-powerful warlock.

The question is, are they strong enough even together to take him on now that he’s coming for them?

They have an ace up their sleeves they are not aware of. Drawn to the same kind of women, they find themselves married to a pair of sorceresses whose magical abilities are only now surfacing.

But one encounter with dear old dad is all it takes for them to realize, they’re still the underdogs.

From the back of the book:

“The series is called Blood Brothers, but this adventure is really a family affair: the brothers, their partners, children and even their old man in a starring role as the villain. Think Disney’s Incredibles, but in a violent and bizarre fantasy world.” Rob May, Dragon Killer

“With incredibly detailed world building and action scenes, this story seems like it would make a phenomenal film or TV series.

Moore pulls out all the stops with dragons, telekinesis, shapeshifters and insurmountable odds in this battle of good versus evil – and a villain who just won’t lay down and die.” Demelza Carlton, Ocean’s Gift

“When you read a Dean C. Moore novel, you can expect rich, original characters, witty dialogue and unexpected plot turns. Blood Brothers doesn’t disappoint.” JC Gatlin, Designated Survivor

Enjoy an excerpt:

Jared Rawlings fought to keep up with his wife Ellen, the predatory animal that was the real him threatening to break free of the placid, domesticated creature on the surface that held him prisoner.

They made their way to the latest stall, past the body odors and the dust kicked up in the dirt road by the relentless march of harried shoppers. The Moroccan marketplace was teaming with life; not all of it for sale, at least on this side of the display tables.

Ellen’s eyes darted to the curios, his to the latest constellation of attackers. Whoever had sent the first one after him had abandoned subtle and understated methods.

One fez-wearing assailant, in the window two stories up, aimed his rifle at him. Another assassin, lurking in the shadows the booth over, reached for a Yemeni Janbiya under his vest.

Jared picked up a frying pan, and deflected the bullet from the shooter at the man with the short curved-blade dagger the booth over. The gunfire and ricocheting sounds were swallowed up in the mayhem of the marketplace.

He gazed at the back of the frying pan—with nary a scratch—impressed. Thrusting the pan before Ellen, he said, “I like this one.”

Having missed what was going on with him entirely, she pointed to the miniature brewer and the Arabic coffee. “A few shots of that are what you need.” Addressing the peddler, she said, “I swear, he sleepwalks through life.”

About the Author:

I write sci-fi, fantasy, action-adventures and thrillers, or some combination thereof—usually with a strong vein of dark humor. Though, my works are dramas first; the humor is there to take the edge off as with the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Transformers, and Jurassic Park franchises.

I wrote screenplays for a while, and while enjoying them, I found them a bit confining. After a while you just need the extra page count to flesh out characters better and do additional world building, especially when considering doing anything epic in scope. I also took a run at future forecasting and trend tracking, being as I always had my head in the future, things like Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock. I also relished this, and can certainly see myself releasing a few titles accordingly in the nonfiction area. But since delving into novels, short and long, I’ve definitely found my home and my voice. For the first time I feel the restraints have been taken off of my imagination. I suppose all mediums have their limits, so I may end up doing a mix of things, but I suspect I will continue to spend most of my time with novels. Series add an additional dimension, allowing for even more depth and development both in the character and world building departments. But I remain at heart a divergent thinker, so, no surprise, I seem to have more series going than follow up installments at this point. That too may change over time; we’ll see. Until then, it may be best to just think of these books as one-offs if you’re fond of my writing style and some of the themes I work with.

My current catalog of twelve books represents a little over five years’ worth of work. I’m currently averaging a couple books annually. Of my existing franchises with multiple installments, The Hundred Year Clone books can be read in any order, while the 5 books of Renaissance 2.0 must be read in sequence as they form part of a singular story arc (much as with A Game of Thrones.)

I live in the country where I breed bluebirds, which are endangered in these parts, as my small contribution to restoring nature’s balance. When I’m not writing, or researching my next book, I may also be found socializing with friends, or working in my organic garden.

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Comments

  1. Mary Preston says:

    An interesting post.

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Thanks for hosting me on this awesome site! A pleasure to be here. I’d also like to thank anyone who might be stopping by and leaving comments or questions for me. I’ll be in and out throughout the day to interact with readers.

  4. Thanks for taking the time to read and enjoy the post, Mary. I’ve enjoyed having you tag along for the duration of the tour.

  5. So Dean…what are you working on currently?? Any awesome fantasy/sci-fi stuff happening???

  6. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

  7. Thanks for the inquiry, Andra, and for following along with the tour. Your remarkable, soul-searching questions pull more out of me than the local priest. The short answer is there’s always all sorts of remarkable sci-fi and paranormal stuff going on in my head, putting a lot of pressure on me to get the ideas on paper. For that reason, I became a speed-typist many years ago. I type somewhere between a 110 and a 120 words per minute, out of necessity rather than out of desire. It’s the only way I can keep up with my hypo-manic outpouring. Of course, keeping up with my racy disposition requires more than fast typing; it necessitated years of honing my editing skills and learning how to format and structure my writing on the fly to prevent a horrendous amount of re-writing. Um, promised you the short answer, and this turning into another long one.

    Short answer, take two: You can catch the several sci-fi slash paranormal hybrid tales I have on the drawing board for 2015 on my website, see the book covers and read the blurbs. Several of them slated for next year have a conspiracy theory bent stirred into the mix. The one I’m focusing on cleaning up this minute, before moving on to the next (I edit several novels in parallel to minimize downtime), is entitled, Sentience. It’s about artificial life that escapes from virtual reality to wreak havoc on our world. The arch-villain, as you can well imagine, is like nothing anyone has ever faced before, making bringing him to justice unbelievably difficult, to say nothing of the ramifications for life on earth as a whole. Among other things, Morbius, my chief bad guy, teleports, and has telekinetic and telepathic abilities, making him a real handful. Think the movies Virtuosity (with Russel Crowe) meets Star Trek Into Darkness and you’ll have nailed the flavor of this franchise.

    As is typical of all of my books, the female co-protagonist and co-antagonist help to drive the plot and carry just as much weight as the male leads. And resolving the tension in the lovers’ relationships, what’s more, bears heavily on the outcome of the story.

  8. Thanks for taking a couple minutes out of your day to read the excerpt, Rita. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  9. Serena S. says:

    Thanks for the excerpt, I liked it.

  10. Interesting post

  11. Serena and bn100, thanks guys for the feedback.

  12. SHELLEY S says:

    GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

  13. I really like the idea of going beyond you mentioned. What better place to do that then with writing or reading fiction. It’s great to see sci-fi concepts molded and changed to fit each author’s image.

    I really liked the info with the percentages in your stories as well. That makes Blood Brothers all the more interesting. Thanks to everyone involved for making this possible. I’m really enjoying all of the learning.

  14. Nurmawati Djuhawan says:

    thx u for the chance of win 🙂

  15. Alex Grove says:

    Hey Dean,

    Nice excerpt. As a reader of a few of your books, I would definitely concur that you have all the dark humor of the titles you mentioned, and more!

    -Alex

  16. Barbara Elness says:

    I enjoyed the excerpt and learning more about the author Dean C. Moore.

  17. Thanks for the excerpt and for sharing author information.

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