Exploring New Genres

There’s not really any reason for it, at least, not that I can tell. But it’s drawing me–no, dragging me across the floor as I claw desperately to stop it. I don’t know why my feeble nails are useless against it.

I have this strange interest developing in Science Fiction Westerns. I know, it’s weird, right? I write contemporary fiction these days, with the occasional splash of horror. Where does science fiction come into it? Or Westerns for that matter?

Though, let’s be clear: I’m not writing Space Westerns. Nope. I have no interest in producing something like Firefly (which I really just did not get into at all), but rather something involving technology advancing–not using steam (that would then alter the genre to steampunk)–in some odd way.

I did have the brilliant idea that it could involve time travel, and then I realized that what I was thinking of was the plot to Back to the Future 3, which would then make that a no-go. Aliens could come from the sky, but I think there was a Harrison Ford movie about Cowboys and Aliens, or something along those lines. I never saw it.

So I guess what I’m wondering is if anyone reads science-fiction westerns that aren’t space westerns, that I could read and get a feel for the genre. I’d like to know if this is a passing I’m-on-break-for-a-month-and-can’t-get-my-brain-to-shut-up-so-I’ll-explore-something-completely-different-and-weird, or something I can truly get behind.

It’s on my to-do list to check out TVTropes.org and see if I can find anything interesting on there regarding the subject, but I’d much rather hear from actual people with their own experiences. Please feel free to share them with me!