Entangled Earth is a science fiction horror apocalyptic adventure thriller.
There, that was easy wasn’t it? Genre sorted. Except that’s completely useless for categorization, and for telling someone anything about the book. That could describe The Passage or Turbo Kid (both of which are excellent by the way in their own way, buy them immediately).
Amazon have a wide, but also restrictive range of categories that you can place a book in. Entangled Earth currently sits in Science Fiction > Adventure, Science Fiction > Post-Apocalyptic and Science Fiction > Metaphysical & Visionary basically because there was no better place to put it.
Adventure makes sense, it’s one big adventure, and it’s happy alongside Ready Player One and All Systems Red (definitely read All Systems Red, best thing I’ve read this year).
Post-Apocalyptic on the other hand, does it count if the apocalypse is happening during the book? I’m not sure, I mean it’s definitely not The Road!
Metaphysical & Visionary was where I started taking the piss. What do we have in there? I Robot? The Bone Clocks? I didn’t think so either, but with the lack of an Invisible Planet Intersecting With The Earth Due To An Experiment Gone Wrong category it has to do for now until I find something better.
Since Entangled Earth was released I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time on various sites with book listings and the only place I see proper, flexible categorization is Listopia in Goodreads, and even there I can’t add Entangled Earth to any of the lists as I’m the author! I might have to rope in some friendly volunteers. Immediately lists like This is the End pop out and maybe even Best Science Fiction With a Female Protagonist.
So what am I trying to say? Genre is nonsense. I didn’t set out to write a science fiction horror apocalyptic adventure thriller. I had an idea for a book and wrote my story. I understand that maybe I’m making life difficult for myself. I’ve read the “I can write one novel every 2 months and make a fortune by sticking to a formula” stories. That sounds like the least interesting kind of writing process I could imagine. I have a folder full of ideas, most of which are nonsense or would make terrible books, but there might be some gems in there. None of them are remotely like Entangled Earth, and yet in the past few days one has been running round my brain that might actually work as a sequel. Don’t worry, no resurrections, no retcons, and if I do write it it might even not end up being a sequel after all, but you never know. Besides I’m 50000 words into a science fiction post-apocalyptic space adventure about the nature of identity, so let’s get that finished first.
David Lea, clocking off.