... sticking screw drivers into things - turning them - AND ADJUSTING THEM!
I mentioned before that I wanted to be a scientist at one point. Biology and genetics have long been interests of mine. The reason I didn't major in genetics is because I failed Human Anatomy and Physiology at the university level--not just once but twice. I aced genetics class, however. To this day, I'm interested in stories about genetics. Say what you like about Michael Crichton's work, but Jurassic Park was a great book, and so was The Andromeda Strain. I also very much enjoyed C.J. Cherryh's Cyteen. It's just as well that I didn't go into the field as I suspect my politics would've caused me big problems. The patenting of life (and genes) is an issue that I find to be particularly worrisome. First, I strongly believe in biodiversity. Second, the ethics surrounding owning a life--especially a faceless corporation solely motivated by profit owning a life--make me extremely twitchy. I've recently written a short story one the subject--my second only real and official SF story. (We'll see if it sees the light of day.) The concern regarding science versus ethics is as least as old as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Isn't it funny that we inevitably end up there? At the same time, science is pretty wonderful and has done so many amazing things. How can you not write about it? But the truth is, I find writing SF intimidating. Long term, I just don't let such things stop me. To quote Theodora Goss's note to herself: "Everything you want is on the other side of fear." If you let fear limit you as a writer, you might as will quit writing. And hey, if I can write about the IRA, I can certainly write SF. Plus, I met Julie Czerneda early in my career, and she's extremely inspiring.
Still, SF is daunting, and I'm hesitant to venture into it. It's not terribly welcoming. I suspect I'm not the only female writer who feels this way. Fantasy is comfortable--it's hard work, mind you, but it's comfortable, and surrealism (in the sense that fantasy has a dreamlike quality) is just... fun. I've always been drawn to surrealism--surrealist art in particular. That's why I prefer writing fantasy in realistic modern eras. Of course, my obsession with music dovetails better with dark Urban Fantasy. Well... there's that. Come to think of it... that explains why I enjoyed Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash so much. It combined that punk-rock feel that I love with technology near perfectly.
Anyway, I keep hearing readers wonder why there isn't as much new SF as there is new Fantasy these days. I think everything cycles--even literature has its fashion cycles. Look back, and you'll see the pattern.
What are your thoughts?
 Okay. That was a MST3K reference for non-USians. It was also kind of obscure, I admit, but I can't think about technology and science without hearing Tom Servo's cheesy radio announcer voice. It's not a bad thing, really.
 Luckily as a pro SF/F writer, I get to be all of the things I wanted to be when I grew up.
 I'm very stubborn. To this day I don't understand why I didn't get through it. I'd memorized every human bone in the eighth grade, after all.
 The first was for Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's Last Drink Bird Head.
 Not that I intend to let that limit me either.