A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic–nothing else. This year, I’ll be covering writing genres.
stories told from the perspective of a non-human. This could be an animal, an intelligence animal, an extraterrestrial, or any creature significantly different from a human.
- If you can easily replace the non-human perspective with a human one, it’s likely not Xenofiction.
- Xenofiction is successful when the perspective is well developed, so much so that it cannot be easily replaced with a human perspective.
- Requires significant research and world-building.
- Usually explores bizarre alien psychology.
- It might help you to write good xenofiction if you don’t like humans or are bored with humanity.
- Evolution by Stephen Baxter
- Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker
- Uplift series by David Brin.
- Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card.
- Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
- The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
- The Faded Sun Trilogy by C.J. Cherryh
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
- Incandescence by Greg Egan
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May, 2017. Click to follow its progress.