Science fiction has always been known as the literature of ideas but it is rule based. Its imaginary elements are possible within scientifically postulated physical laws. It depicts worlds that more advanced technology may make possible. According to Isaac Asimov a science fiction story must be set against a society significantly different from our own, usually, but not necessarily, because of some change in the level of science and technology, or it is not a science fiction story.

It’s often said that Science Fiction is the literature of change. When a culture is undergoing a lot of changes due to scientific advances and technological developments, and expects to undergo more, it’s hardly surprising if stories about these changes become popular as a way of expressing people’s feelings (optimistic or otherwise) about change.

I have written six novels so far; four are science fiction. Wavefunction deals with alternative universe theory, prompted by an interest in string theory, Phoenix Rising and its sequel, Phoenix Burning are post-apocalyptic science fiction prompted by an interest in environmental change and Windrunner’s Daughter is set on a different planet: Mars.

One of the great things about science fiction is the way that issues and ideas can be explored using the medium of different worlds. When I wrote Wavefunction, for example, I was particularly interested in the idea of freedom, or free will and that is the primary issue that I explore in the novel. Phoenix Rising is about the environment and what people might do to survive massive change, but when I wrote Windrunner’s Daughter and raising a strong daughter of my own, the issue at the forefront of my mind was feminism.

Men and women were created equal and yet so many men (and women) still consider a woman a success only if she is climbing the corporate ladder (for lower pay than her male colleagues), tottering around on high heels, giggling at jokes made at her expense, while simultaneously holding a baby with one hand and hoovering with the other.

Rape culture is worsening, pornography is ruining the sexual experiences of our youth, we are being forced more and more into plastic perfection and yet being blamed for our own assaults.

I am afraid for the world I am going to one day release my daughter into.

And so I wrote a book to try and tell her that girls can do all the same things that boys can, that she should let no-one tell her that there are things she can’t do because of her gender.

I wanted the book to be an adventure, I wanted my main character, Wren, to deal with the issues of living on another planet, but I also wanted her to deal with issues that girls face every day. And win.

Not that this book is only for girls. If you’re a boy and you like science fiction adventure, you’ll like Windrunner’s Daughter … but sorry, you might find yourself learning something along the way!


About Windrunner’s Daughter

Windrunner’s Daughter
by Bryony Pearce
Publisher: Xist Publishing
Publication Date: February 4th 2016
Genre: YA Sci-fi


A sabotaged colonization attempt leaves the last humans in the universe stranded on Mars. Braving a half-terraformed atmosphere, terrifying indigenous species, and a colony government that is openly hostile, a young girl named Wren must defy tradition to save her mother and perhaps, every human left.

It is forbidden for women to steal the wings that allow a select group of runners to carry messages and goods between colonies. It is forbidden to cross the wastes with a sand storm on the horizon and it is certainly forbidden to share the secrets of the windrunners with those who spend their entire lives in the biospheres.

But what choice does she have?

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About the Author

I am an author of YA thrillers and science fiction.

Angel’s Fury (winner of the Leeds Book Award and the Cheshire Schools Book Award),The Weight of Souls, published in 2013, Phoenix Rising, published 2015 (shortlisted for Cheshire Schools Book Award and Wirral Paperback of the Year), Phoenix Burning,March 2016, Windrunner’s Daughter, February 2016 and Wavefunction, April 2016.

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