For those not familiar with the term, transrealism is the latest trend in literary writing that weaves real life experiences in with the extraordinary. For me, there is no better way to create a more compelling science fiction novel than to turn reality into a journey beyond imagination. And, the human brain is the perfect topic for such a storyline.
For instance, the conscience can set the stage for conflict that can occur between those with very differing views of how our universe works. With that in mind, my next novella will explore the human brain. It will use transrealism as the method and Autism Spectrum Disorder, (ASD), as the topic. It fits my writing style perfectly because I always let my characters decide what direction my story will take. And with the brain being so complex, the possibilities for conflict are vast.
Transrealism and Autism
Often misunderstood, the characteristics of someone with ASD are defined by the person and not a medical dictionary. There are certain traits that tend to present themselves, like poor communication skills, and repetivie behaviors. Some have a rich vocabulary at a young age that might go away as the child gets older. But, most important for those with ASD, they tend to view the world from a unique perspective.
Asperger’s Syndrome is a functional form of ASD. These people integrate into society better than others with nonfunctional ASD. Most have a higher than average intelligence. But they still tend to be “outsiders”. For example Elbert Einstein is considered to have had Asperberger’s because of the differences in how his brain was structured. However, there is no typical set of characteristics for someone with the disorder because there is no diagnostic template to draw from.
Considering the fact that the number of children diagnosed with Autism has grown exponentially lately, wouldn’t it be interesting to entertain the possibility that this trend is not coincidental? Many have speculated about how brainwave patterns in ASD patients develop differently than most. Most researchers attibute that difference in development to environmental factors such as climate change, or changes in eating habits and lifestyle. Or, could there be something more sinister at play, like alien intervention?
How Transrealism Works
Because transrealism evolves, rather than being developed, the author can only tell you where the story begins. While he or she writes, they cannot tell you how the story might end. That is because the plot and characters evolve as the story evolves. In doing so, the writer creates a work that subtly integrates real-life experiences with alternative realities. Take, for example, the character Monk in TV series by the same name. Monk is obviously obsessive/compulsive and Autistic. That is why his personality type makes for a mystery that is entertaining and provocative. In the same vein, the character traits of someone with ASD can also make for an even more compelling science fiction novel.
That is why I can’t begin to tell you anything about the plot or characters in my next novella. I can only tell you it will be an exploration into a place that requires further examination. That being a place where anything can happen, the human brain. And, the ASD brain is an extraordinary place to explore. This could prove to be the creative venture of a lifetime. Thank you Rudy Rucker for introducing me to transrealism in science fiction!