Posted on May 8, 2020
Writing Excuses Notes: Sci-Fi
Here are some notes I took after listening to Writing Excuses.
It is an educational podcast that helps novelists/writers.
The topic is about the Sci-Fi genre.
It comes from Season 1, Episode 8.
Science Fiction. We write it to explore “What If”
- Philip K. Dick says Science Fiction is about writing and experiencing new things.
Sci-Fi looks at what is conceivably possible. Fantasy looks at what is conceivably impossible.
It comes from two positions:
Optimism or Cautionary Tales, based on current ideas.
- There is the notion that it is meant to be a didactic genre (meant to instruct).
- While it may have originated that way, the setting (like a spaceship) seems to define it.
NOTE: Fantasy, Horror & Romance used to be bundled together into the ‘What-If?’ classification.
What made Science Fiction splinter off into it’s own genre?
It’s a reflective genre. Ideas drive science fiction, whereas fantasy is driven by setting.
- A short story revels character through action. A novel leads to action through character.
What makes for good Science Fiction?
You need an understanding of the current sciences in order to keep things plausible.
- It is important to know what has come before.
- You need something new. It is about discovery/exploration.