Space Exploration

I think I discovered a new genre. Well, not discovered discovered and not new new. It’s actually old and quite an obscure term. Gothic Science Fiction, aka space goth, which is my preferred term.  I came upon it because I wanted to know what exactly it was that I was writing. No surprise that even though Blade Runner is mostly “cyber-Codex_Necrons_3Epunk neo-noir”, it has elements of space goth. I saw what I was writing first. It contains a bit of that, what with my recent obsession with 80s goth. The recent modern goth and space goth fashion movements have influenced me as well. I feel I’m a bit flamboyant with how much fashion and aesthetics influence my writing, but here we are.

I don’t want to be too terribly wordy with my writing, but I desperately want the reader to see exactly what I see. Which is a lot of black and neon lights currently. I actually said to someone the other day, “I’m really obsessed with lights right now.” What does that even mean? That flew out of my mouth in a weird, pretentious, avant-garde way that I just don’t know how to handle.

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The struggle is the same for all writers: how do I convey this? How do I place them in my mind? What doors do I open, what do I leave closed? So the first thing I did was try to pin-point what exactly it was that I was writing.  Now that I know that, hopefully it will help.

So, what is space goth?  Simple! Science fiction that holds strong story telling tenants of gothic fiction. Gothic fiction, if you didn’t know, is actually my comfort zone of writing. I did a lot of my undergrad creative writing work in gothic style, and many BLOODBORNEresearch papers in English classes were centered around gothic fiction. It has even been suggested the science fiction is child of gothic fiction. To quote the venerablesource of Wikipedia (and by quote, I mean copy and paste really quickly from an open tab):  “In his history of science fiction, Billion Year SpreeBrian Aldiss contends that science fiction itself is an outgrowth of gothic fiction– pointing to Mary Shelley‘s novel Frankenstein as an example. ‘Science fiction is the search for a definition of man and his status in the universe which will stand in our advanced but confused state of knowledge (science) and is characteristically cast in the Gothic or post-Gothic mode.’  The blend can also be detected quite explicitly in Jules Verne‘s novel Le Château des Carpathes.” I even found a wonderful artist, Daniel Kvasznicza, who has so many wonderful space goth paintings.

Daniel Kvasznicza

Daniel Kvasznicza

So, I learned quite a bit on this journey of writer’s exploration.  Below, I’m going to add a gallery of some space goth/science fiction-esque fashion and space goth illustrations.

Xoxo, Vicky Stardust

Galactic Inspirations #1

So I decided, along with my weekly posts, to also try to post a bit on what’s inspiring me now, what is really melding with me and what I’m writing. We’ll see how this goes.  It will probably be mostly pictures and minimal commentary.

Oh wait! I finally reached 5k words! Only 25k more before December!

Alright, now to the main event:

1980s Punk

1980s punk fashion, including punk’s daughter goth, is having a huge impact on me right now. It’s just so hot right now.

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Yes, I just said that so I could use this gif.

I think I can attribute that to all of the amazing SciFi films released at the time. Naturally Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, but also my favorite, Blade Runner, which shall get its own much-deserved post soon.  Also, the fashion in Back to the Future 2′s 2015 is oddly inspirational.

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Something about 1980s punk and goth is so futuristic that I can’t help but gravitate towards it. At the same time, it’s the past, so it has a nice recycled-world universe. On top of that, the 80s was decadence. It was an era of decadence and a time where you could believe anything was possible. The Commies were the unquestioned bad guy, and the US was the unquestioned good guy, and the fight between the titans happened somewhere else, over there, not here. Perhaps I’m drawn to this because the 80s wasn’t a giant time of questioning the man, with the main exception being punk. It fits these sort of principles and big concepts I’m wrangling with and condenses it nicely for me into forms of fashion and hair.

These photos are obviously not mine, just ones I found all over the place.

Until later,

Xoxo Vicky Stardust