THE BIG IDEA is a regular feature on Whatever, the blog of multi-award winning science fiction author John Scalzi. It features essays by authors about the ideas behind the writing of their latest book — the why and how of the writing rather than about the book itself. Scalzi’s been offering this fantastic book promotion opportunity since 2008 and I was and still am absolutely thrilled to have been given the opportunity to gush on about the evolution of Evolution Device.
I’ve had two years since then to practice describing EvoDev in a way that would attract new readers, but it turns out that what an author thinks a book is about isn’t always what a reader thinks it’s about. It was hard enough writing the book, fer crying out loud — trying to suss out what readers believe it’s about and then describing EvoDev that way is just too much for me. I’ve decided all I can do is try to express what I believe about a book that’s listed as fiction but…
Well, yeah, but. That’s the thing. It isn’t fiction to me.
♪ Once upon a time, there was a man who had magic in his soul, but it was too big for him and he feared and fought it.
♪ Once upon a time, there was an entity who was actually a soul made of magic and who felt something like love for the man, but she lost him and her magic, too.
♪ Once upon a time, there was a guitar that had magic and a soul, and she — the guitar — did what she wanted.
♪ Once upon a time, there was a band called Evolution Device that was addicted to sex, drugs, rock and roll — and magic.
This is not a fairy tale. This is a story that might have happened.