January 12 talk on science fiction at the Arlington Writers Group

On January 12, I will be giving a talk on science fiction for members of the Arlington Writers Group. This is the first time I’ll be doing something like this and I am both excited and nervous about it. We critique stories every other week. On the alternate weeks, we have some kind of discussion or talk. In the past (before I was a member) people have given talks on other genres (Romance, for example). These talks are supposed to be designed to give people an idea of what the genre is about, especially those who are not familiar with it. My talk is blurbed as follows:

Celebrated science fiction writer and group member Jamie Todd Rubin will lead a discussion of his favorite genre.

We’ll examine the history of science fiction writing, the tenets of the genre, and Jamie will introduce us to some favorite works by authors we may know. He’ll also introduce us to writers in the field we’ve maybe never heard of.

And no, I did not write the blurb. Our Fearless Leader deserves credit for that.

I have a rough idea for my talk and I’m beginning to shape it up. My biggest concern is making the talk interesting, even to those who don’t know anything about science fiction–or better yet, those who don’t really like the genre for one reason or another. We’ll see how it goes.

And we may even have a Special Guest in attendance for the event…

If any of my science fiction friends (particularly those who have given talks on the subject before) have advice for me, I would be in your debt and very much appreciate your wisdom.