Science Fiction Specialties
When working on any story, food tends to be a component—after all, everyone enjoys a good meal, right? With sci-fi, I’ve seen a plethora of different foods, however the good ol’ standby tends to be protein or meal bar—reconstituted food, etc. Granted, a lot of that stuff is what’s eaten on ships. Or details on food tend to get ignored. Since I was working on a science fiction short, I had to strike a balance. If I delved too far into alternate world cuisine, suddenly this short story is a Tritanian cookbook. However, use the old meal bar schtick and I lose the chance for some nice worldbuilding flair.
For my sci-fi romance short, Solid Ground, I tried to strike a balance between new and familiar. While certain items were brought into play, like muffins, I left it open as to what they were constituted of, and introduced some new flavors, like greenberry. Same principle with alcohol—while I could see beer translating over well, I also thought any bar on a different planet would have their own unique types of liquor. (After all, the sheer array we already have is astounding.)
What I’ve noticed in certain sci-fi shows, books, and movies, is that food is often glossed over. But I think that misses out on a great part of the human experience, because sharing a meal and a drink happens to hit pretty high up there on bonding. So with Solid Ground I wanted to take the opportunity to add a little of my own flair into the sci-fi cuisine world. Hope you enjoy!