“To exist in this vast universe for a speck of time is the great gift of life. It is our only life. The universe will go on, indifferent to our brief existence, but while we are here, we touch not just part of that vastness, but also the lives around us. Life is the gift each of us has been given. Each life is our own and no one else's. It is precious beyond all counting. It is the greatest value we can have. Cherish it for what it truly is . . . Your life is yours alone. Rise up and live it.”
TERRY GOODKIND, from CONFESSOR, volume 12 in the Sword of Truth series.
Science fiction and fantasy provide a unique lens through which to re-vision history. The fantastical elements and setting create a prism that allows the reader both to glimpse our past and also to experience a reworked version of this past that might tell us something about the present and even our hopes for the future.
How does an SFF writer approach re-visioning a specific historical time or set of events and characters?