Embracing the Hardy Legacy: A Journey into the Heart of Writing #WritingCommunity #authors


Thomas Hardy’s poetic prose, masterful depiction of environments, and insightful portrayal of regular people have also influenced my storytelling.

influences on science fiction writing


Meeting Mr. Hardy

After college, despite having taken many literature classes, I realized my knowledge of the classics wasn’t as great as it could be. So, I embarked on a journey of reading nothing but classics for several years. One of the first I read was Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. Hardy remains on of my favorite authors. The beauty of his prose, his ability to breathe life into the surroundings, and his deep understanding of the human condition resonated with me on a personal level.

Influence on Writing Style

It’s no exaggeration to say that Hardy’s words influence my own. His poetic prose, reminiscent of an artist wielding a brush on a canvas, has become a beacon guiding my pen. The use of environmental settings and weather to mirror the emotions of characters and scenes is a technique I’ve embraced wholeheartedly. This style works even in the futuristic landscapes of sci-fi and steampunk fantasy.

Exploring Common Themes

Delving deeper, I find common threads between Hardy’s exploration of human nature and the themes that echo through my own narratives. The struggles of ordinary individuals, the complexities of societal issues—these are shared landscapes despite the very different settings and times.

He seems an unlikely influence for a sci-fi writer, but great writing belongs in every kind of book. In the tapestry of my writing journey, Thomas Hardy stands as a guiding star.


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