Science in Creative Writing

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Technology and science are unavoidable truths that dominate our lives. For many of us, we wake up to the sound of an alarm clock and listen to music in the shower or later in the car as we drive to school or work where we text or compulsively check Facebook (even though we shouldn’t be) and use a laptop to write notes or complete tasks at work. Even now you are using some sort of technology to view this blog on a screen or on a piece of paper you have printed out. All of this has been made possible by science. It should come as no surprise then that science has become a rapidly growing influence in writing today.

I have decided to write a blog about the role science plays in both forms of literature: prose and poetry. This decision was primarily due to the fact that on a personal level it is something that I am very passionate about. I love science, and I have been fascinated by it as far back as I can remember. I also thoroughly enjoy creative writing and since about fourth grade, when I realized that I could put the two together, I’ve been somewhat obsessed with it.

What I never realized until much later in life was the stigma that our society has placed on science fiction. It’s not a genre many literary writers would ever want to be associated with. It used to be an anomaly categorized as low and socially unacceptable as Dungeons and Dragons— something thrown together by geeks for geeks. Today this stigma does — in some ways — still exist, but it isn’t nearly as prominent as it used to be. And frankly, it really can’t afford to be since technology and science shape life in the westernized world.

As I go about writing this blog, my goal is to express that science is inherently filled with logic, theories and mechanisms but it is just as rich in emotions, controversy and history as any other topic in literature. This is because science is an image of nature projected through the lens of human observation. Since the human condition is an unavoidable force filled with the inexplicable, science is by nature bound to be a powerful force in creative writing, whether it is in science fiction or poetry.

— Deirdre McCormick, Editor

2 thoughts on “Science in Creative Writing

  1. Jerry kavouras February 3, 2012 / 4:09 pm

    You will find the stories and writings of Richard Feynman invaluable in your blog quest.

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