Over the past two years, while I was working with my doctor to find a viable way to treat my headaches, I watched a ton of sci-fi. I found that I love sci-fi. I love that it's more intellectual, mature and philosophical in comparison to most fantasy. Due to this, I've decided to go in a different direction with my writing and it'll take a more sci-fi skew, even Seven Deadly Sins.
I'm currently re-reading Game of Thrones. I forgot how, overall, it's much better than the TV series. I also started reading Dune, which is practically Game of Thrones in space. I loved the film Dune as a kid, but never actually read the novel before. Being that Dune came out decades before Game of Thrones, I wonder if GRRM was inspired by Dune. There are many similarities... Which make me come to one conclusion... HBO really needs to make a Dune series. The film by David Lynch and the 2000 SyFy miniseries focused on the "spectacle" and more-or-less ruined the story, making something many felt were incomprehensible. HBO, can do it RIGHT!
I'm making this as spoiler free as possible since most of the aspects of Dune mentioned here occur within the first few chapters...
In Dune, there is Paul Atreides. He is the product of a millennial long breeding program in an attempt to create a superhuman known as the Kwisaz Haderach who will be able to go psychically where others fear to tread. Basically, people with special DNA/traits (mostly nobles) are being used to selectively create this would-be savior. Also, Paul is able to unite free people known as the Fremen who follow under his leadership (despite being an outsider). In Game of Thrones, there are Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow, who are also products of a sort of breeding program. The reason why the Targaryens wed brothers and sisters in order the keep bloodlines pure was due to the fact that it was prophesied that the reincarnation of Azor Ahai (the dude who defeated the Others/White Walkers last time) would be born of the Targaryen line. Apart from falling in love with Lyanna Stark, another reason why Rhaegar Targaryen wanted to breed with someone other than Elia Martell was because she had become barren and it was said that Azor Ahai would be born of Rhaegar's direct line. Making, Jon Snow, the reincarnation of Azor Ahai. Now, this doesn't mean that Dani doesn't have a part to play. In the original Azor Ahai legend, his wife had to sacrifice herself in order to create the sword, Lightbringer. Azor Ahai plunged the sword into her heart and it took on her attributes: fire and blood. Sound familiar? Also, Jon Snow has been able to unite the Free Folk who follow his leadership (again, just like Paul, they do this despite Jon being an outsider), despite the fact that they refuse to acknowledge him as a ruler. Dani is also able to unite both slaves as well as tribes of free people (the Dothraki). Based on history, Jon Snow will most likely be offered the Iron Throne in the end. I doubt he'll take it and will have it melted down in order to use the Valyrian Steel to create new weapons just in case they should ever be needed again. I believe that Valyrian Steel is made from both Dragon Glass as well as steel, which is why it can kill an Other/White Walker. Much of the historical basis for Game of Thrones is the War of the Roses (York vs Lancaster, York = Stark, Lancaster = Lannister/Targaryen). During and following the War of the Roses, those who took the throne (and still sit on the throne to this very day) are all descendants of Elizabeth Grey who was the Queen married to Edward IV... Whom are all descendants of both Lancaster and York. If Lyanna Stark is the Game of Thrones equivalent of Elizabeth Grey, than this also syncs up with Jon being Starkgaryen (or both York and Lancaster). Which also syncs up with Dani's wish to destroy the "wheel", meaning all of the Great Houses. In this way, the caste system is destroyed by unifying the houses rather than killing them off. In Dune, there is a similar feudal system. There is a rivalry going on between two Great Houses, Atreides and Harkonnen. Atreides = Stark and Harkonnen = Lannister/Targaryen. Knowing what I've already mentioned about Jon Snow's heritage and the similarities between both Game of Thrones and Dune, I'm pretty sure everyone reading this (who doesn't already know) can figure out Paul's heritage... Yeah... He's part Atreides and part, guess who... Game of Thrones and Dune are THAT similar. The Harkonnen wish to destroy House Atreides and develop a secret plan to rid the universe of them... I won't go too much into it, since most likely more people have seen Game of Thrones rather than Dune. In order to make it as spoiler free as possible, the Atreides replace House Harkonnen in a certain governorship, not unlike how Ned Stark takes over in Game of Thrones as Hand of the King. We all know how that turned out. Similarities abound...
So, back to my work starting to take on a more sci-fi slant... In the meantime, I've decided to work on remixing Holst, which really fits in with this sci-fi theme. Upon going through my CD's, I found that I have not 1... Not 2... Not 3... Not 4... But 5 completely different versions of Holst's The Planets by 5 completely different conductors, thus, my side project... Hooked on Holst.
Thank you! I hope you all have a smashing day!