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Tips for writing sci-fi Avoid the curse of obsolescence with these guidelines. By Mark Vorenkamp Published: October 13, For as long as there has been fiction writing, the future has been a popular setting for stories. The future is mysterious. Anything can happen, and that provides fertile land for any story the author can imagine.
Despite the popularity of the sci-fi genre, one problem has plagued many futuristic stories: Anyone who has read enough futuristic fiction can point to examples in which the setting feels dated because of technological or geopolitical issues. This most commonly happens because a writer grounds the future too strongly in the present or describes the technology too visually, making it look like an advanced version of pre-existing technology.
When Card was writing, that looked like a fair assumption, but by the time the first re-release was commissioned, the Soviet Union had dissolved. The technology itself seems arguably futuristic until the printing mechanism is referred to as a kind of typewriter that makes the sound of keys on paper.
How do we avoid such moments of obsolescence in our writing? The following guidelines can get you started. Avoid direct connection to political entities.
As a rule, the further your story is set in the future, the less safe it is to include contemporary politics. Instead of using the name of a political party or nation, do what George Orwell does in and imply by actions and rhetoric. In handling the political description this way, Orwell evoked the feelings readers have about those groups without tying himself down.
Familiarity is best built by showing rather than telling.
Avoid specific visual description of technology. The main way technology in futuristic stories becomes dated is by showing too much. Successful futuristic technology has an air of mystery. The more you can trust your reader to provide the sensory details, the better chance the technology stands of appearing futuristic for decades to come.
The issue, particularly with firsts and onlys, is that history can easily prove one wrong. Of course, the more absurd the idea, the less likely it is to be a problem.
First sentient plant running for president? First openly gay candidate? Like the first guideline, this one is also perilous for timing. The more time you give between publication and setting for history to prove you wrong, the better the chance that it will.
To be safe, follow this simply guideline: If a single line in a news article or history book could render a large portion of your setting obsolete, rethink your decisions.
I have two disclaimers for these guidelines. In that case, write your story and try to future-proof where you can. Second, obsolescence has no magic cure. The sad fact is that someday a reader will look at your setting and find it dated. The goal is to give your story as many years as you can before that happens.
Write convincingly, however, and, like H.The Future World Isaac McIntyre, Grade 7, St Pius X High School Short Story Emily Ryna looked up at the sooty sky.
There was not a star to be seen. The transparent dome she lay in was the only thing between her and suffocation. It was , and barely 50 years before, the whole population of Earth had to begin life in these support systems.
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