So, this is an odd sort of post for me. My wife is interested in writing a novella or series of novels herself, and I suggested that I might share the thoughts she had here to see if there’s interest in such a story.
The idea she has in mind is a science fantasy setting, where both technology and magic exist, kind of a space opera of sorts. Think Warhammer 40k meets Star Wars, but much less dark in tonality than either. Her idea is that human legends of different mythos (Celtic, Egyptian, Greco-Roman, and Norse to start with) came from the ‘collective unconscious’ of the galaxy, and that they’re inspired by actual species on different planets in Earth’s general neighborhood. For reasons she’s developing, Earth is a low-magic zone, and thus we haven’t developed the common magical methods of space travel, instead using technology, which is humanity’s leg up.
Right now she’s plotting out a ‘first contact’ scenario for a novella. She’s far more meticulous about setting things up than I am, and thus she’s likely to be much more consistent about powers and the like as well. She also might steal some of my ideas (genius loci and the like) for her setting, along with other discarded ideas that I decided that I couldn’t make work well. But mostly I’m curious if people would like that sort of science fantasy.
She’ll probably write it either way, but unlike me, it isn’t her ‘day job,’ as it were, so it’d be far more infrequent.