Guest Blogger, Aubrie Dionne: Stereotypes in Sci fi (And how I tried to avoid them)

Please welcome guest blooger, Aubrie Dionne, to the blog today! Aubrie is the author of the recently released SciFi Romance, Paradise 21.

We’ve all seen the gray, scary aliens trying to dissect people, the clunky robots with little or no emotion, and the evil galactic empires ruling the universe with an iron fist. As a sci fi writer, I tried to avoid these common plot lines in my New Dawn series, and go against the associations people have with science fiction in general.

1. Scary/Evil Aliens
Thanks to movies like The Thing, Alien, Mars Attacks, Predator, and others, aliens are evil power hungry creatures that eat/dissect/kill people, and take over the world.

The aliens in Paradise 21 are just trying to survive. They aren’t out to associate with people at all. In fact, it’s the people that help them out!

2. Robots
Star Trek broke the mold with this one. Data wasn’t clunky at all, and he endeavored to understand emotions and develop his own. In Star Wars, C-3PO and R2-D2 have personalities and emotions, but they are reserved for comic relief.

In the New Dawn series, I play around with the idea of people connected to machines. They aren’t robots, because they are real living people, but they are not normal once they are connected to the machines. Each colony ship has people in varying stages of connection to the central processor on the ship.

3. Evil Galactic Empires
This one, perhaps, is the most fun to write. You have instant bad guys. However, if you do create your own evil galactic empire, it has to be original, and very different than the one in Star Wars. Or that’s what people will think of.

In the New Dawn series, the colony ships have lost contact with each other, so each ship has it’s own laws dictated by a book called the Guide. There is no evil ruler of them all, per say. But the commander of each ship does not favor democracy.

Are there some sci fi stereo types that I’ve left out? Let me know in the comments!

Here is a little about Aubrie’s new book, Paradise 21:

Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind’s last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where humanity can begin anew—a planet that won’t be reached in Aries’ lifetime. As one of the last genetically desirable women in the universe, she must marry her designated genetic match and produce the next generation for this centuries-long voyage. 

But Aries has other plans.

 When her desperate escape from the New Dawn strands her on a desert planet, Aries discovers the rumors about pirates—humans who escaped Earth before its demise—are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possesses the freedom Aries envies, and the two connect on a level she never thought possible. But pursued by her match from above and hunted by the planet’s native inhabitants, Aries quickly learns her freedom will come at a hefty price. 

The life of the man she loves.

You can find an excerpt and buy links on the Entangeld Press website.

You can find Aubrie on her website or blog.

12 thoughts on “Guest Blogger, Aubrie Dionne: Stereotypes in Sci fi (And how I tried to avoid them)

  1. Thanks for the topic! I really get bugged by the aliens always being the evil creatures or the all wise. I want aliens to be somewhere in the middle just like humans. Motivation is key. I love it when the author let’s me see that.

  2. One of my pet peeves–smarter aliens coming to the earth to use its resources because we don’t know how to do it right. Pleeze, if they need our planet, they musta screwed up their own. LOL

  3. Charlie’s got me thinking about aliens every time I see one on TV or in a movie. It seems that ugly, clawed-handed, non-humainoid aliens are always the evil ones, and good looking, human-formed aliens are always good. Just once I’d like to see the reverse!

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