None of that really matters much without first acknowledging that my speculative fiction story is NOT a prediction or forecasting of the future. No true speculive fiction is attempting to do so. A speculative fiction story that is more about the advancements of technology than the state of Humanity is little more than a windy infomercial of wonders yet to be, if they are to be at a
The following sounds rather pompous and bombastic, but a writer’s words should exceed his grasp, or what’s a Heaven for (to paraphrase Browning). This actually came about from a list I made when thinking about what traits a character should possess–then I thought, “If Character should have virtue, so should Writer.”
There is more of craft in writing than art. I know a few of the MFA Creative Writing gurus will disagree. However, writers have more in common with blacksmiths than with philosophers. We hammer away at the forge of Story, pounding our red hot words into a shape that will not only be pleasing to our readers but also purposeful and useful.
One of the challenges of creating the Popinjay world is the choice of which non-gender third person single pronouns to use with those characters who have yet to select their True Gender.