Scifi Sunday – Soft Science Fiction
February 23, 2014 4 Comments
There are many sub-genres of Science Fiction. Last time I talked about Hard Science Fiction and this time around, I want to discuss Soft Science Fiction.
Soft scifi is often considered stories that revolved around the characters and their lives; the social aspects instead of the technology. While the technology is important, it’s more of a backdrop for the story. As with most character driven novels, they rely heavily on the reader’s connection to the characters, instead of how plausible the technology might be.
This genre came into being in the late 60’s and early 70’s, but there are no real set boundaries between the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’. In the early science fiction movies that I grew up with, many of them focused on the science for the plot, with the characters there to explain and fight, but over the years, character interaction became more of a focus than the actual science, but that could be changing. For instance, the Star Trek franchise is a mixture of both, with the technology sometimes playing a larger role than the story of the characters.
Personally, I prefer the softer side to both read and write, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to create new technology to help my characters achieve their goals.
What about you? How do you like your scifi? Soft or hard?