Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy.

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    Science Fiction :

    The genre of speculative fiction that has been called the literature of ideas, it typically deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, time travel, parallel universes, fictional worlds, space exploration and the first contact with extra-terrestrial life-forms, it often explores the potential consequences of scientific innovations.

    Science Fiction, whose roots go back to ancient times, is related to fantasy, horror and super-hero fictions, heroine’s who are larger than life and appear in the world’s mythologies, Science Fiction now includes many sub-genres and the fusion of other genres.

    Sci-Fi is difficult to define precisely, as it includes a wide range of concepts and themes, H.G.Wells used the term originally to cover what we would today call ‘hard science fiction’, in which a conscientious attempt to be faithful to the already known scientific facts.

    Isaac Asimov said. ‘Science fiction can be defined as that branch of literature which deals with the reaction of human beings to changes in science and technology’, and according to Robert Heinlein. ‘A handy short definition of almost all science fiction might read as : realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method.’

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

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      Down The Rabbit Hole To An Alternative World :

      To go down the rabbit hole is to enter a situation or to begin a process or journey that is particularly strange, problematic, difficult, complex or chaotic, especially one that becomes increasingly difficult as it develops or the story unfolds, basically an allusion used as a literary device.

      Of course the expression comes from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, cleverly used in the film ‘Sucker Punch’ and also used in Jefferson Airplane, in the lyrics of Grace Slick. ‘Go ask Alice, when she’s ten foot tall, Go ask Alice, when she was just small.’ Why do I add this ?

      Because ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’, has now become an expression used by Quantum Physicists, searching for the narrative connection between spirituality and quantum physics, encountering emotional and existential obstacles we try to over-come in our individual lives.

      And no its not a new cult religion, but just a study how individual and group consciousness can influence the material world, but what of the fictitious alternative world beyond the rabbit hole?

      Story-telling has always used the alternative world, the otherworld, the underworld or the secondary world, but what has this to do with quantum physics ? The search for the microcosm, and the possibilities of minute quantum physics and their effects on the human of all things unseen, hence, the spiritual quest.

      The Alternative World, by definition, none of the regions, mentioned above, are of this world, nor are they arguable extrapolations of our recorded world history, they belong to humankind’s inner imagination, in literature, to enter, or crossing the threshold of a secondary world is to experience a clear sense of something completely alternative to anything experience on Earth.

      Where the ground rules of physics do not exist, explaining the search of quantum physics connection with spirituality, or the simple act of being.

      Reference used : John Grant & Wikipedia.

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      Conflict, Action & Suspense In Science Fiction :

      A crucial part of any action or suspense writing is to keep the reader’s attention at a high level, the problem is that a constant dose of conflict will eventually cause the reader to yawn at something that has become a soup opera or a kitchen sink drama when plausibility goes out the window. But as we are dealing with science fiction, what emotive premises can we used.

      The act of supplication in science fiction : Earth fugitives imploring the help and assistance of a powerful alien race, Earth colonists imploring the help of the native-born aliens to defeat their enemies, a taboo-breaking act by a new colonist that raises outrage from the native-born aliens, a tyrannical outlaw responsible for genocide in the new colony’s team. Alien law brought heavily down upon this tyrant, but his followers pleading their alien masters for clemency, a pardon for a colonist wrongly imprisoned.

      Deliverance in Science Fiction : Earth colonist condemned under Alien law as other colonists seek his pardon, a shuffle and replacement in the Alien power structure that does not bode well for the new colonists, the conflict that arises from breaking out a human colonist from an Alien prison.

      Crime pursues by vengeance : Earth colonist avenging the death of a companion or loved one, as vengeance against the alien race that would have serious repercussions for all Earth colonists, avenging the death of a child at the hands of alien carelessness, deep-seated vengeance for a leader of the Earth colonists who has been dishonoured by his alien superiors, anger at dishonouring and degrading the womenfolk of the Earth colonists by their alien superiors, the hatred caused by false accusations, the violation of the labour-force by the alien superiors.

      The son avenging his father’s death at the hands of the alien superiors, the bribery and corruption of their alien superiors, justice pursued by the colonists, the defeat suffered and the repercussions of open conflict between colonists and aliens, the colonist destruction of something that has a historical significance to the aliens, a natural catastrophe that over-whelms both aliens and colonists.

      Ambitious intrigue with a dark sinister side in the corridors of power, conspiracies abound about missing people, the conspiracy of one turns into the conspiracy of many, the inevitable outcome of conflict between the alien and the colonist, the preparation for war, the recapturing of territory taken by the alien race, the rescue of a captive friend, the alien abduction of an innocent loved one.

      Life in captivity, captured soldiers awaiting their fate, temptations offered to change sides, the eloquence used in a captive defence against a corrupt system of law, the hatred and animosity between brothers, a sibling hatred for his over-bearing father, the rivalry between mother and daughter, all premises that can be used in science fiction and fantasy.

      Reference used : George Polta.

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      The Golden Age of Sci-Fi : 1938-1950 !

      There is little argument when the Golden Age began, the debates stemming from sci-fi authors and genre critics, John Campbell as editor of ‘The Astounding Science Fiction’, magazine with contributions from some of the most famous science fiction writers of the late 1930’s, such as L.Ron Hubbard, Clifford D.Simak, Jack Williamson, L.Sprague De Camp, Henry Kuttner, & C.L.Moore, to mention a few.

      Certainly 1938-1946 was a period of astonishing activity, the time when most of the themes and motifs of sci-fi were taking their modern shape, which in some cases proved almost definitive and in others continued to be reworked and modified, as is the way of many fledgling genres.

      1938-1946 was also the great age of pulp magazines, the period in which the sci-fi genre belonged primarily to short stories in magazines rather than the novel, as sci-fi became more popular, there was much mechanical reworking of the Golden Age themes by pulp fiction writers, whose increasing numbers may have partly obscured the steady improvement of the hard sci-fi writers.

      Reference used : John Clute.

       

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      Speculative Fiction :

      As readers of sci-fi we live in exciting times and to visit any good book store the choice of speculative fiction couldn’t be wider, there are always the hard sci-fi books, with a particular emphasis on scientific accuracy and detail, then there is the more appreciated soft sci-fi that focuses on human characters and their relationship and emotional feelings, while emphasizing the details of technological hardware and the laws of physics.

      We have always had the genre of Apocalyptic and post-Apocalyptic speculative fiction, which works for empathy with the created characters because the stakes could not be higher than Apocalyptic.

      Now we have the fascinating appendage of ‘punk’, because of the rapid technological progress over the last few decades, -Bio-Punk, centred around biotechnology and genetic engineering, describing potential dystopias caused by man-made viruses, genetic mutations, artificial life-forms and humanoid hybrids, usually told as cautionary tales.

      Cyberpunk that uses elements from hard-boiled detective novels set in over-populated dystopias, Steam-Punk set in the 19th century Victorian Era of America & United Kingdom which usually also involves a detective story, Diesel-Punk, with its gas-guzzlers of the 1920’s to the 1940’s, and there is even Sandal-Punk, a dystopian Rome.

      Ecological sci-fi with speculative ideas of climate change, global warming and the dying Earth and its affects on humankind, Military sci-fi, speculative fiction of alien invasions and humankind’s space exploration with confrontations of aggressive aliens, usually involving remote colonization.

      Space Opera, that emphasizes romantic adventures set in exotic locations with larger-than-life-characters, a genre that could also be termed as Pulp Fiction Science, celebrating the Golden Age of Sci-Fi in the 1940’s & 1950’s when some of the Sci-Fi classics were published.

      Reference used : Wikipedia.

       

       

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