Over the last week or so Human Wave SF/fantasy has been gathering momentum (the tummies of moments) and it would seem heading steadily towards that lovely Monty Python skit about how the Anglican church would welcome any satanists… you can’t be exclusive, you know. Well, as we’re slightly wider in scope than the dietary tolerances of the monkey I would offer this outline so it can garner “Human Wave SF” approval. See: there is this Alien world settled by this small group of Christian settlers (bad people) and our hero (or rather observer) is the only young boy in a village populated by men (bad, because they’re men) where everyone is telepathic and the result is ‘noise’. The boy is told this because of a germ released by the native species, the Spackle, and that killed all the women. The ‘hero’ then discovers a moving spot of silence, which turns out to be a girl who has crashed with a spaceship and lost parents in the crash. Women, being good, aren’t affected by the germ. It turns out that the (bad Christian) men lied and that they killed off the women and the poor Spackle is completely innocent (and a victim of Christian male human aggression), and they will only let the boy become a man by murdering someone. They get to meet a women who tells them all this and takes them to her village. An army of men from the bad village burn their village down and kill anyone who won’t join them. The hero and heroine have various adventures to show how good the girl is and how bad the men are before one of the bad men shoots the good girl through the stomach. The hero then carries her to Haven which is an a place with high technology where they can contact the girl’s people still in space. Only the bad men from the village have arrived and taken over the most advanced settlement on the planet without a fight and the Mayor of the bad village now declares himself president of the world.
I’m sure that really we can somehow say this is Human Wave too can’t we? And by doing this we could be all-inclusive, because that is a very bad and unflattering outline (the brackets are my interpretation of the rather obvious stereotype after stereotype. I’ve left out a few like the inevitable bad priest and good male-male relationship) of one of the champions of “literary trough of despond’ sf (as opposed Human wave?) “The knife of never letting go” by Patrick Ness. It won the Booktrust, Tiptree and Guardian Awards in 2009.
No, the church is not that broad… not if I am going into it, anyway. I am sure some people must love this sort of thing, but I’ll pass. Must be the exploration and understanding it brought to me about gender (the stated aim of the Tiptree). I don’t really need to know my place that badly, so I’ll give it a miss.
Ok I am frantically trying to finish a book so how about a competition. No cheating. No using Atwood plots. I mean your OWN plot, the one that could win you all those prizes and acclaim if you wrote it. Some people like it.
The most Lit trough plot outline wins.
The judge’s decision is final. We won’t have any of this popularity rubbish. On Friday I’ll pick a worthy winner to send a copy of DOG AND DRAGON (when get my copies!) to… hopeful as an example of the inverse…