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    The Sands Of Kronos :

    It sounds like a good science fiction title, but what does it imply to the possible reader ? The sands of time gradually falling through an hour glass and the plausible construction of an alien planet that has been named after the Greek god Chronos, who personified Time in the pre-Socratic philosophy and later literature.

    The literary identification with the name Chronos became more widespread during the Renaissance period, giving rise to the allegory of ‘Father Time’ wielding the harvesting scythe, so is this story about death of the main protagonist? Or the turning of the alien year, heralding the new year as we do here on Earth ?

    The title seems to imply a planet where its inhabitants are obsessed with time, also a barren planet devoid of vegetation, an arid desert location, but then again,  its just a title ! But how to create a plausible planet called Kronos ? Has this alien world any connection with Earth ? With the Earth connection of possible futuristic colonisation of other worlds, I could bring in familiarity for my reader.

    With recognisable forms of communications, computer technology, speculative futuristic technology, human values that would make it easier for me to find the main protagonists amongst the space explorers, but then its an arid desert, does this mean terra-forming, living in an artificial environment !

    Could it be a parallel world in another universe, or is that a step too far, thinking of a spatial fourth dimension, situated along side Earth but displaced, however most science fiction focus on parallel Earth’s these days, and it sounds like a usual framework to explore as a writer, perhaps, not to be mixed up with the premise of an Alternative Earth, with different turning-points in history, the what if genre ?

    The idea that other worlds lie parallel to Earth and occasionally connect and cross-over is one of the oldest speculative ideas in both science fiction and fantasy, it appears in legends, mythologies and the use of astral planes of the spiritualists and mystics of many old religions.

    There are two basic folkloristic themes connected to this most used premise, in one, an ordinary human is transported into a fantasy land where she undergoes adventures and may find love and fulfilment that remained beyond the reach of her Earthly existence.

    In the other, a communication or visitation, from the other world affects the life on the individual within our world, often injuring or destroying that person.

    Both good premises, but they don’t really help me with ‘The Sands Of Kronos’, though, because the title implies space exploration technology, if not time travel technology, but there has to be conflict, action and suspense to make it a page-turner, but all I’ve got so far is an arid desert.

    Reference used : Peter Nicholls.

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    Science Fiction Themes :

    Gender and the possibilities of gender has also become a recognisable theme in science fiction, also alien reproduction and pregnancy can provide thought-provoking themes, with cyber-space used as a fantasy world of simulated realities, themes that stretch the human consciousness of themes of speculative fiction, with a basis in science.

    Returning to artificial intelligence, science fiction stories usually incorporate an android resembling human form with higher intelligence than the main protagonist, but yet with human interaction limitations, a replicant with simulated consciousness, then cyborgs using the human fears of artificial intelligence and its pitfalls, perhaps humanoids with a hive-mind mentality. Very unnerving for the reader, as an example. ‘We are legion’, with no independent individuality but only collectiveness of thought.

    Clones replacing humans and the complexity of who is who ? Extra-terrestrial life-forms, exploring the possibilities of hypothetical types of bio-chemistry quite alien conceptions and the mysteries how these life-forms will interact with humanity, the alien aggressor and alien invasion has always been a very dramatic concept, and perhaps the god-like beneficial aliens helping humanity against their extra-terrestrial aggressor implying a universe of chaos and control.

    Information Morphs, the storage of memories, characters, and consciences of persons being up-loaded to a computerised storage media, voices from the past, and the possibilities of being down-loaded into an artificial android, therefore cheating death, perhaps the god-like beneficial aliens regard the principle of non-interference in internal affairs of the water planets of the universe, Star Trek’s Prime Directive used as a get out clause.

    Reference used : http://www.wikipedia.org

     

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    Science Fiction Themes :

    The premise of first contact has been well used, whether the alien life-forms are aggressive or benevolent, or both with two alien races, conflict always makes the story interesting. Science fiction plays with human fears such as Artificial Intelligence that could lead to a cybernetic revolution, AI taking over humanity.

    The possible end of humanity with apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic futures, these stories are always popular because the stakes could not be lifted any higher than total annihilation, a theme predominant in world mythologies of worldwide disasters and perhaps the development of fledgling new societies that are easier for the author to create.

    Psycho-history, conceptual-breakthroughs and rational scientific predictions of possible futures, coupled with conflict and human fears bringing the writer back to the deranged scientists using technology against humanity, the author might include alien languages to emphasise the alien quality of the quasi-human life-forms of the Klingons & Hutteses. Over-use of a invented foreign tongue becomes slightly tedious, leading authors to create the Universal Translated, multi-lingual aliens or the humorous Babel Fish.

    Space Operas usually require military conflicts and the pyramids of power, that reflect Earth’s hierarchy, familiar and easy to recognise royalty or presidential organisations, and if its military, also uniformity, leading to interstellar conflicts, and the creation of futuristic weaponry with greater capacities than modern warfare.

    The use of parallel worlds, science fiction entering the world of fantasy with perhaps a secondary world demonstrated in ‘Fringe’, or a parallel universe, or multi-verse as used by some authors, in which political and religious ideas can be re-created in an alien point of view.

    Reference used : http://www.wikipedia.org

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    What Makes A Science Fiction Story Interesting ?

    What holds the reader’s attention ? Perhaps, a unique premise and the most important thing is the dramatic use of  that chosen premise, taking scientific facts and possibilities and making them live in the words and deeds of your human characters, fleshing out and developing those characters so they become memorable and the reader can emphasise with their individual plights.

    A writer must hone, prune, sculpt and recast so a set of mundane, pedestrian set-pieces, can become interesting, and for the author’s wish, exciting for the reader, drama is the magic wand that can transform the boring into the attention-grabber, and its ever writer’s aim to capture these principles on the written page.

    To include human drama where the stakes are high, possibly life and death situations, heightens the readers interest and charges the atmosphere, this sense of drama powers the action and the suspense of the unique premise and as a result of the well-crafted use of words acts as a natural upsurge of the reader’s involvement.

    But even before we have drama and dramatic situations, we must have a logic choice of conflict, character conflict and strong difference in their point-of-views, the essence for your story’s development, exterior tension, inner conflict, discord, anxieties, characters under stress, a character in authority with stubborn rigid opinions, perhaps fear and the human jitters that the unique premise can provide.

    Reference used : William Noble.

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    The Planet Kronos In The Andromeda Galaxy :

    Kronos is the fourth planet from its alien sun, it as two polar ice caps and like Earth has experienced an Ice Age, there is rich vegetation in both the Northern and Southern hemisphere, but its equatorial band and the countries that fall in that zone have red oxide deserts, Kronos has its fair share of oceans, large continents and small islands, its days and seasons are comparable to that of Earth.

    This fact alone has led to many human settlers from Earth, the rotational orbit around the sun of Kronos takes 367 days, there are both extinct and active volcanos on the surface of Kronos, with high mountain ranges,  and like Earth,  Kronos has  shifting tectonic plates , moving certain continents further apart and some others closer together, successful mining of such minerals iron, nickel, gold and silver have attracted big businesses from our galaxy. Kronos is a carbon planet, composed of a liquid metal core surrounded by primarily carbon-based materials, with diamonds, sapphires and emeralds.

    The viral mass of the Andromeda Galaxy is in the same order of magnitude as that of the Milky Way, at a trillion solar masses, however, the mass of either galaxy is difficult to estimate with any accuracy, but it was long thought that the Andromeda Galaxy is more massive than our Milky Way.

    The nuts & bolts of sci-fi :

    It sounds like a pretty good description of an alien planet, but was it really needed in a science fiction context ? Have I gave the reader a high level of expectation of what will happen next ! So how am I going to escalate the mundane description to engage my reader’s interest from page one, a poetic description of the planet Kronos perhaps, rather than the facts.

    There has to be an emotional trigger, with high stakes involving the humans who live of Kronos, usually the discovery of a murder victim, in which the main protagonist must escalate the dramatic premise of who-done-it ! But its a colonised alien planet like the Western Frontier, where the main protagonist can still say. ‘I’ll call the police’. But then he takes a side-step away, as both the detective and police procedures take centre-stage.

    Reference used : Wikipedia & William Noble.

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