How to Write Science Fiction & FantasyWriting Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Science fiction: Directions to the exhibition in sci-fi novels
A good writer is a good writer, no matter what you do. However, there are some areas of particular importance for authors of fiction. Ender's game writer Orson Scott Card tells in this extract from the textbook why exposure can be challenging when you write science fiction and gives advice on how to overcome these intricacies.
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Audiences quickly learn that they don't know how to tell a tale, and they have forgotten it. Instead, information must be dribbled into a narrative, always just enough to know what is about. This equilibrium is particularly hard to reach in science fiction and fantasy because our histories take place in different and different realms.
During the early years of science fiction, when the art of the game was still being created, keys were given in enormous chunks, often by one person having things explained to another. Let's begin with the first sentence: Seeds communities. So what on earth is a seeds settlement? What we don't know is a seeds town.
Butler doesn't tell us - because Doro, who knows exactly what a seeds farm is, wouldn't stop and think about it now. We will find out in due course what a seeds town is. There is a catch with the tag "seed village" about it; we are confident that the writer will let us know in due course what information should be displayed on this catch.
One of the logs of fiction that makes it hard for some unfamiliar with the art of speculation to understand what is going on. SF veterans realize that they don't know what a seeds farm is and that the writer doesn't want them to know.
Instead, this is one of the distinctions, one of the things that are weird in this newly formed universe, and the writer will in due course clarify what the notion is. Science fiction and fantasy authors treat exposure in this way by occasionally being dropped when the angle of vision is thinking about them and explanation only later.
SF readers do not anticipate getting a full view of the whole planet at once. While" Saatgutdörfer " remain inexplicable, we are said that this is only one of them, and that Doro regards more than one Saatgutdorf as "his".
And we know what a town is; we know what it means when used as an adjective. We know what it is. For example, planters are small potato or parts of potato that are placed in the soil to produce more. So Doro somehow uses towns as crops - or maybe he lets the townspeople cultivate them.
We' re not sure, but we know that Doro is working on something and that he has more than one town to do with it. The SF recorder can therefore implicate far more information than it actually says; the SF readers will take up most or all of these implication.
If they are faced with a curious confrontation of known words, both groups say: "What does the writer mean by this? "But the SF public literally expect the concept to have a true expansion in the historical realm, while the primary public expect the concept to be metaphoric, to articulate an opinion on something or to give a new interpretation of something that is part of the known one.
If an SF author says: "She has taken difficult mechanic footsteps to the door", there is always the chance that her feet are actually machines; the metaphorical assumption by the SF author is that this is the way she walks, and would consider this use of the words a ludicrous humour if she had man-made feet.
That does not mean that you as SF author are not allowed to use a methaphor. This means that at the beginning of a storyline, when the laws of the newly formed universe are not yet fully understood, one must prevent the use of the meta-phrases that could be bewildering for seasoned SF users. Later on, when the pre-defined rule sets are in place, your reader will know that words that implicate things that are not possible in your realm should be taken in metaphorical expression.
But] as a general principle, only parables and similarities should be used that are also available to the protagonists in the narrative, so that the whole experiance of literacy adds to the delusion of being in the environment of history. Find out more about science fiction written in the fourth Annual Science Fiction & Fantasy Virtual Conference from July 20 to 22, 2018.