She writes science fiction because she is fascinated by the interactions of humans with technology. Dreaming up technology is one thing, but what will society do with it? Something unexpected, that is for sure.
Patty runs a blog with the mystifying name Must Use Bigger Elephants.
One day, she was writing a VERY silly story about a bored rich boy who teleports elephants to the Moon, makes them all run in the same direction in order to make the Moon spin faster so that we on Earth would get to see the "dark" side. Before submitting the story, she decided to check out the physics. This is a bad idea, by the way, because physics get in the way of a LOT of good story ideas. Anyway, it turned out there was no way it would work.
The solution? A scrawled line across the page of calculations: Must Use Bigger Elephants!
In this context, Bigger Elephants encapsulates the essence of science fiction. We imagine current technology, current social trends, and make them Bigger, make their effects stronger and more powerful. Science fiction is about Bigger Elephants. It applies to fantasy, too. We imagine situations worse, more dangerous than they really are.
My novels: Watcher's Web, The Far Horizon and the Icefire Trilogy
Find out more on my author website: http://pattyjansen.com/