Neuroscience Inspires A Unique Sci-Fi
Collection by Daryl Gregory Impossible there are many neuroscience -inspired short stories, including “Digital,” in which a person’s consciousness migrates from his or her head to his or her finger, and “Mirror,” in which sociopaths are “cured” by activating some mirror neurons.
“It’s nice to have a job where you can get permission to feed your hobby and buy as many books as you want, and so I keep buying neuroscience books,” Gregory said in Episode 484 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast “I’ve always been fascinated by that thing, and so I’m always looking for ways to make those stories.”
In his story “Dead Horse Point,” a genius physicist suffers from a strange condition that causes him to lose his own mind for weeks at a time. Gregory recounts that the story was inspired by a friend of his. “He’s not completely unusable like the character in my story, but he’s a very good mathematician, and if he’s working on a difficult problem, he’ll-a few days at a time-he’ll drift, automatically eats., he hardly talks to people, ”Gregory said.“ He has to stop doing that when he has kids, because you just can’t walk away from your kids and come back three days and see- I’m sorry if they’re OK. “
One of the most interesting stories in the book is “Second Person, Present Tense,” in which a teenager takes a drug that breaks the connection between his conscious mind and the rest of his brain. “He overdosed on medication,” Gregory said, “and then took a few new conscious steps, and he knew what was really going on-he had access even to the old man’s memories- but he was not born like that. He felt a new consciousness. “
Gregory thought the idea was complete fiction, but later realized it was something that could really happen. “I got an email from a guy who was a professor, and he said, ‘I read this story, and this is what happened to me, except it wasn’t medicine, it was a motorcycle accident. I woke up in the hospital, I know I’m a different person, but I’m not as brave as your protagonist-I keep going through here, ‘”said Gregory.” He was just trying to get through, even though he knew he wasn’t there’ y in relation to the previous person involved in the motorcycle accident. “
Listen to the full interview with Daryl Gregory in Episode 484 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.
Daryl Gregory in his story “The Continuing Adventures of Rocket Boy”:
“[Gordon Van Gelder] made me a good service to ‘The Continuing Adventures of Rocket Boy,’ which is in the collection, and which Gordon published. … He really said, ‘See, this isn’t a real science fiction story. This is a main story about science fiction. So I can’t take it, I can’t buy the story. ‘And I said,’ Yeah, that makes sense. ‘ But I said, ‘You know, I expect people to read it in science fiction, because it’s about me as a reader, growing up.’ I kept writing other stories for Gordon, and then he came back to me and said, ‘Look, I can’t stop thinking about the story. Let’s run it. ‘And he runs it, but in a denial – not for sex or violence, but for the disturbing lack of content in the genre. “
Daryl Gregory in his novel revelator:
“I’m really interested in the idea of gods being less gods, demons not really demons. So it’s like this new book revelator, there was a family in the Smoky Mountains, in the 1930s and ’40s, and for generations they worshiped their own private god, and they declared it a god, but what was it? One of the mysteries of the book is, ‘Well, what is this thing? We make it a god, and it does things, and it seems to be a supernatural being, but is there another, science fiction explanation for this? ‘… One of the secrets of the book is that it is a crypto science fiction novel. I write it in such a way that it sounds like horror and fantasy, but there is a scientific explanation for everything that happens in the story. ”
Daryl Gregory sa Roger Zelazny:
“I grew up reading people like Roger Zelazny who mix science fiction and fantasy. … Zelazny wrote this famous novel with an influence on what I call Lord of Light, where it’s a science fiction space opera about a future fallen civilization-we learn later that they arrived on a ship-but their high tech, for some original crew members, they were made gods, and they were considered parts of the Hindu pantheon. It’s imaginary. This is what I thought when I read it in my second year of high school, and if you can read anything at that age, it can be carved into a deep groove in your brain. And so about me still, years later, wanted to be Roger Zelazny more than anything. I want to grow that he can. ”
Daryl Gregory in his novel Dr.’s Album. Moreau:
“I thought, ‘OK, all the suspects could be human-animal hybrids-there’s a boy and a boy elephant, and they’ll all be suspects.’ … I have these five guys who were born on a secret barge of science and raised by evil geniuses, and they spend all this time, and therefore know how to talk to each other, like the brother, and how each of them has a different personality, that’s the most exciting thing about the book.So before I start any plot, I’ll sit down and let them talk-just keep going I was typing, trying to communicate-and there I found the book, there were five men, the way they would fight, and how each of them would laugh differently. ”