September Round Robin: Current Events


AleyneDesert1This month’s topic is what current issues are important to you. How often do modern social/global issues take place in your stories no matter what era or generation you write?

I write poetry, science  fiction, and fantasy. Nevertheless, politics, political maneuvering, the law and how it plays out in real life,  discrimination in any form are all issues that are important to me and that appear in my books. My imagined future society is still plagued by the same kind of political chicanery we see today, and they appear frequently in my stories. So does discrimination and clash of values, in my case a clash between my alien society of Aleyne and the Aleynis on one hand and the Terrans and othe Terran Federation on the other.

When I wrote my first science fiction novel which I stared in November of 2009, t my middle son was in the army, stationed  in Afghanistan. Not too surprisingly, my alien planet had a desert climate, and the main character’s father was posted to the Terran Federation Guard base there at the startr of the story. Terrorism and a terrorist plot play a big part in the story, but in this case the aliens are the good guys and the Federation, in general, is cast in the role of antagonist.

When I wrote Broken Bonds I ended up making the main character’s trial for treason a centerpiece of the story, and thus legal maneuvering came theo the fore. My father was an attorney, my mother served on the Grand Jury, and I had served as a juror myself, so I was relatively familiar with trials, but I still sended up doing a lot of research into exactly how a criminal trial proceeds and various other aspects of the courts that I wanted to carry forward into my novel in a believable manner. I ended up creating an Interstellar Court, loosely modeled after the International court, as well as the court system of the Federation where the trial of my main character ends up taking place.r

Economics and exploitation of workers is another area that interests me. In Geek Games the main character, a teen age boy, ends up on a tri-p to the asteroids where he observes first-hand the plight of miners who are virtually enslaved by the Federation, which controls all economic activity, including what the miners are able to buy in the way of goods and technology.  Writing all this as sci fi allows me to play out these themes with a freedom that I wouldn’t have if I were writing a contemporary or historical novel.

Check out the posts of my fellow bloggers:


Skye Taylor
A.J. Maguire
Beverley Bateman
Margaret Fieland
Marci Baun
Victoria Chatham
Connie Vines
Bob Rich
Rachael Kosinski
Helena Fairfax
Judith Copek
Rhobin Courtright

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  1. Rhobin said,

    September 19, 2015 @ 10:27 am

    Hi Margaret
    I enjoy reading stories where I can identify and interpret social issues of today in the story line. I also agree with you, the future will still be arguing over many of today’s issues. I think they have in the past, too.
    Rhobin recently posted..Social Issues in Entertainment Reading

  2. Skye Taylor said,

    September 19, 2015 @ 2:40 pm

    You’ve done a really good job of incorporating some of the day’s pressing issues in your stories, Bravo! I think politics and politicians have been full of hot air and chicanery for all time – might as well use it.
    Skye Taylor recently posted..Social Issues and their impact on our writing

  3. Dr Bob Rich said,

    September 19, 2015 @ 6:19 pm

    “Terrorism and a terrorist plot play a big part in the story, but in this case the aliens are the good guys and the Federation, in general, is cast in the role of antagonist.”

    Margaret, this strikes a chord with me. I have an anthology titled “Bizarre Bipeds: What IS humanity’s role in the universe?” where I take the same stance as you do: we are not the goodies!

    Maybe we could do a review exchange of these two books?


  4. Marci Baun said,

    September 20, 2015 @ 7:20 pm

    Hi Margaret,

    I have always thought that I don’t include social issues into my stories. Matter of fact, that’s what my post is about. Well, I haven’t included the social issues that are near and dear to my heart in my stories…not the ones I’m currently worked up about anyway. However, I just realized that in my most recent novel titled The Children of Itar: Book 1: Eleanor actually has a scene that deals with prejudice. It wasn’t intended. It just happened.

    A similar thing happened with my novella Hieroglyphs. This particular scene is more about the double standard between men and women where it’s okay for the man to be a workaholic and to neglect his wife to get ahead, but it’s not okay for the woman to do it.

    So, I guess I do include social issues, but not consciously. LOL

    Marci Baun recently posted..Round Robin — Current Issues

  5. Beverley Bateman said,

    September 22, 2015 @ 12:26 am

    Interesting post, Margaret. You brought up issues I hadn’t considered. And it’s interesting how you incorporated them in your books.

  6. Judy Copek said,

    October 8, 2015 @ 10:51 am

    You are doing a great job of presenting social issues in your writing that are part of the story rather than just an author’s opinion. I think that’s definitely a plus for any writer.

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