How To Write Science Fiction that Won’t Be Dismissed as Unrealistic
So you love science fiction and decided to put all your creative energy into that idea that’s been bouncing around your head for the past couple of years.
You’ve created a great world, some cool characters with awesome powers and gave them a conflict.
But how do you know that people are going to enjoy reading your science fiction story and won’t dismiss it as being too unrealistic, or just plain and simple nonsense?
We all know fiction is not real.
Bilbo didn’t find a ring. Harry can’t cast magic. Tony is not Iron Man. There is no planet called Pandora where giant blue people run around. Darth Vador is not Luke’s father. And there is no language called Klingon.
But even though all these stories are fake, they have countless fans and followers. People take some of them to the point of being a cult.
So why would people be so accepting of a fake ring wearing, magic casting, iron suited, gibberish talking giant blue daddy, but dismiss your awesome science fiction story?
It’s because your idea is too unorganized. It breaks too many barriers.
Even though something is fictional, it still has to abide by certain laws.
So how do you create science fiction that won’t be dismissed?
Don’t break the fundamental rules.
Rules are necessary for society. Without them, everything would go to madness.
Gravity pulls everything down. Mixing metals creates alloys. Women can never have enough shoes. These are examples of rules that people have learned over time, so you have to abide by them.
Note that you can make your own rules. It is science fiction, after all. Just don’t break them, leave that for real life.
For example, you created a character who doesn’t need oxygen to breath, but then you broke your rule by putting he almost suffocated or drowned later in the story. Something like that can really turn readers off.
I never like it when a group of 20th century guys get their hands on a spacecraft in an alien invasion movie, and one of them says, “I think I can figure this out.”
No, you can’t figure this out. It’s alien technology. Whoever said that better have more reason than just his father being Einstein.
So make use of the well established rules. Or create your own and explain why it’s possible, which would probably abide by more rules. People will relate to them and your story may just end up with fans.
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