Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Inspiration from a Sci-fi Sherlock Holmes

In my journalism endeavors, I've been thrilled to meet some marvelous people, including Ashley Marie Bergner. I appreciate her strength as a reporter, then found she had independently published a novel.
A sci-fi novel.
A sci-fi Sherlock Holmes.
I read it and it lived up to my hopes - definitely a well-written, well-produced work. My husband rated it high on my "she can't put it down" scale. 

Today, instead of me telling you more about it, Ashley agreed to share a guest post, which was originally published on her blog. Enjoy finding out about her inspiration!

I enjoy writing fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy, and over the past several years I’ve been playing around with a couple of ideas for novels. I’m a huge fan of the BBC TV show “Sherlock,” and I love how they took some of the elements from the classic Sherlock Holmes detective stories and then updated them to modern times. The show captures the essence of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s writings but also adds its own creative twist.

After discovering the BBC’s “Sherlock,” I got to thinking that it might be interesting to try a similar concept, except instead of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes to do a science fiction Sherlock Holmes, blending the styles of the BBC’s “Sherlock” and “Doctor Who.” I wrote a short sci-fi story using the Holmes, Watson and Lestrade characters, and I had so much fun with it that I decided to expand it to a novel.
It’s called “Bait & Switch: A sci-fi Sherlock Holmes,”

I set the story on a futuristic planet, and Holmes lives in apartment complex 221 in the city’s rundown “Quadrant B.” He works as a consultant for the planet’s “Civic Security” organization, and he becomes friends with Jaymie Watson, a medical student, who ends up helping him solve cases. The novel is divided into six different “cases” that all tie together at the end, as Holmes realizes he’s being manipulated by a certain professor/scientist named James Moriarty.

The cases aren’t based on any particular Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; rather, I took some of the characters — such as Holmes, Watson, Lestrade, Moriarty, and Mrs. Hudson — and tried to portray what they might be like in a science fiction story. Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite literary characters, and science fiction is my favorite literary genre, so I thought it might be fun to combine the two.

Anyway, if you’re interested, let me know what you think! :) I appreciate everyone who follows and comments on my blog Box Office Buzz. I’ve been blogging with Word Press and I’ve really enjoyed writing about movies and reading other bloggers’ entries and reviews, as well. Thanks for reading! A
Ashley can be found on Twitter @jediash1 and her journalist account @ABergner_Kansan.


  1. That's such a fun idea! I like the fact that all the stories tie together in the end, too.

  2. Thanks for commenting! I usually don't see the end coming in these kinds of stories though ;)