I always love to challenge myself and write stories outside my comfort zone. What I mean by this is taking something I don't know a lot about and making it the focus of the story - and, hopefully, fooling everyone that I know something about it! My latest story is a great example of this. I wrote it on my husband's suggestion - or, rather, more of a question he asked me. He wondered why there aren't more sports in science fiction stories. Not as in made-up sports of the future where the stakes are life and death, but sports the way we play them now.
I thought it was a great point. The number of people around the world who follow soccer, for example - just because people might live on other planets in the future wouldn't make them abandon their favorite game or, for that matter, their team. So I took my husband's favorite sport, baseball, and added a dash of science fiction.
Granted, I've seen a game or two. But I don't know the sport like a true fan would. So, with my husband's help on the technical details, I put together a story about how fandom might evolve on a space station.
The result was "Lucky Thirteen," which was just published in Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. I had a lot of fun writing this story, and I hope you enjoy reading it, too.
Who the heck is Alison McBain?
I am a freelance writer and poet with nearly a hundred short pieces published in magazines and anthologies. When not writing, I'm the Book Reviews Editor for the magazine Bewildering Stories. If the Walking Dead isn't on, I draw pictures and do origami meditation in Connecticut, where I live with my family. If the Walking Dead is on... shhhh! The Walking Dead is on! For more info, please check out my "About Me" page.
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