Get your world in order and the reader will Believe – The Truth Is Out There!

Science fiction – getting your world in order
John Hudspith

How often do you put a book down simply because the writer
has failed to coerce you into suspending belief and accepting his alternate
Creating a sci-fi world, be it a full blown otherworld with
all the bells and whistles, designed to suspend reader in a depth of
all-encompassing fiction, or a mild shot of dystopia delivered with minimalist
subtleness intent on merely supporting the story, or somewhere in the middle of
these two extremes, one thing is certain: there are a few key ingredients to
use when cooking your creation. Okay, thinking about it, there’s more than a
few – choices are infinite. Cooking up real deal fictional physics intent on
creating a believable world boils down to three main ingredients.

Passion + Belief +
Take one hefty dose of Passion, mix with very Strong Belief,
add unbridled integrity, and stir until the cows come home.


If writing flying cars into your world, then you will do a
better job if you’re keen on cars. If your passion is driving, pimping your
ride, then the fictional flying cars you create will no doubt be something

If your dystopia has elements of warfare, and it just so
happens that you are gun nut, or a marine/policeman/soldier then the
soldiers/policemen/weapons you create will surely be something special.

That old writers’ adage: `write what you know` is an adage for a reason.

I’d like to add another: `write what is you`
In my case, for the creation of Kimi’s Secret it was: Aliens, ghosts and magic.

These are the things that tortured my youth with bafflement,
worked their way into my bones and have held me ever since.

Spielberg wowed me with Close
Encounters of the Third Kind
around the same time as my mother had us spellbound
with tales of spirit forms, and around the same time the news was buzzing with
young girls being flung around by poltergeists, Uri Geller bending spoons, and
thousands of people throwing themselves into frenzies at PK (psychokinetic)

Never a believer, always the sceptic, hoping to witness the
evidence that would prove little grey men were real, that ghosts were indeed
some manifestation of human energy, and that we humans could really defy the
laws of physics and move objects just by thinking about it.

This fascination for everything Fortean was ingrained at
that impressionable age, so when I had an idea for a novel; a time-travelling
conundrum, fuelled by aliens – or greylians as I fondly christened them – I
pondered the notion of uncovering a world where these things could brought into
being, not just alien greys but my mother’s ghosts, the magic of psychokinetics,
and anything else mythical or unexplained that I could make fit.

I had the first key ingredient: Passion. I would not only write what I knew, I would write what was


In creating such a world where Kimi Nichols could play in Kimi’s Secret, I had the Passion, the
Me, now it was time to Believe.

If you have the passion then belief will come hand in hand,
right? But belief in what? Belief in your ability to do well by your passion.
Belief that you will not let your passion down. Belief that you can dig deep,
put in the hours, days and months; research, confirm, approve, build until this
fictional science becomes one; its own world. And it’s important to have that
Belief and to make it strong because the final ingredient depends on it.


How far do you go with your research? How far with the
planning, the checking, the marrying of fictional facts? To the centre of the
earth, of course. Be amazed how one simple idea – the size of a world’s gravity well, the complexities of dimensional
time travel, talking monkeys, Tulpas, Adepts, alien abduction, dodo
regeneration, Elementals
– be amazed that any one thing is connected to
another in some way, and that if your Passion and Belief are to materialize
into something solid then you need the integrity to follow it through, to make
it happen.

The story world in its foetal stage in my embryonic mind
seemed plausible. I had to start writing. Not the novel, but the history books,
the geology, physiology, the laws of time and space of this place that would
govern every little thing. I made lists, sketches, and jotted down story,
scene, character and plot ideas as they came to me and ended up with reams of
creation on my hard drive and a spare room full of storyboards and clippings.

A year had passed. The baby in mind was almost fully grown.
It was time to put my manufactured science to the test.
Time to give birth to the story.

Passion – love of
Belief – you can
do this.
Integrity – push
your boundaries, cross the t’s dot the I’s and make your fiction fact.

Get your world in order and reader will Believe – The Truth
Is Out There!

Kimi’s Secret

With a deformed hand, an affection for animal skulls, and a soft spot for Marmite, Kimi always knew she was different – but never how much until she’s thrown into the supernatural dimension of Heart, given powers beyond comprehension, a mission to alter the past, and a secret which must never be revealed.

Look out for the sequel: Kimi’s Fear – materialising soon!

And read John Hudspith’s interview from April 2012 here

Kimi’s Fear…
something to whet your appetite

The grey aliens – or greylians – hidden away in the paranormal
dimension of Heart, have worked with man for centuries, abducting, probing,
advancing science to aid mankind; but Kimi’s jump through time and dimension in
Kimi’s Secret brought about the death
of a revered greylian General. Now the authorities want to pin the blame on
Kimi learns that fears are real in the blip – the band of no-time which sits between dimensions – and that fears
always contain the truth. She must jump once more, pausing within the blip and
taming her greatest childhood fear – the
under-the-bed monster
– and return with evidence to prove her innocence or
she’ll be thrown in a greylian oven and served up as breakfast.
But Kimi’s secret is out – her
brain is the key to successful time travel
– and a ruthless greylian bounty
hunter will break every bone in her body to get it. As if that isn’t bad
enough, the best looking boy in the world turns into a cannibal intent on
devouring every last bit of her. Sometimes life really does suck.
Can she thwart the bounty hunter, kill the boy of her dreams to
save her own life, tame her greatest fear and keep herself from becoming
greylian toast? Not without help.
Tulpa Bentley returns with old favourites the famoose, Big Sue the
giant with OCD, madcap mentor Stella, and chief of fuzz the monkey Rehd along
with a whole host of new crazies in an adventure bigger and bolder than before.
Kimi’s Fear is magical but dark, sad but romantic, and
meaningful but bonkers all rolled into one
profound, scary as hell, and all the makings of a classic.”

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