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But when I look at the science fictionstories that have appealed to me the most, I see that they focus on thecharacters. Their plights, faults, idiosyncrasies are what give life to thebackdrop of planets and space ships. I suppose you could place Han, Leia, andLuke in a contemporary setting right here on planet Earth and it would work.It's still a fun story without the lightsabers. But without the characters' story,a big chunk of Star Wars would lackconsiderable luster.
So that is the route I've taken with mystories. The absolute freedom of escaping Earth's gravity and inventing things(always keeping within the realm of probability, of course) is why I lovescience fiction. I can make it rain mercury if I want to. I think I do,actually, somewhere.
But it's the people in these stories--nottoo alien, not too perfect, not always happy with their lot or each other--who givemeaning to the mercury rain and the space elevators. The people, for the mostpart likable people, are what turns science fiction into space opera. (Well, andspace guns. Must have space guns.)