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This appears in the opening paragraph of which famous science fiction book?
“A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows. To begin your study of the life of Muad’Dib, then, take care that you first place him in his time: born in the 57th year of the Padishah Emperor, Shaddam IV.
— from “Manual of Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan”
If you know the answer, post away in the comment section below!
I searched the internet for the right definition of what Science Fiction is; but, there were very few choices to pull from. Here is one I liked:
“Science fiction allows us to understand and experience our past, present, and future in terms of an imagined future.” —Kathryn Cramer, The Ascent of Wonder (1994)
Let’s turn to Wikipedia to look more closely to what “science” entails:
” ‘Science’ refers to the body of reliable knowledge itself, of the type that can be logically and rationally explained.”
In order words, you need to have physical evidence to support that this particular hypothesis is true, and not junk science; however, not everything can be physically proven. In the past (not so much now), this was where philosophy came in; hence, could this hypothesis be “logically and rationally explained” by using observations and assumptions that could be supported through experimentation?
Science fiction is different from Fantasy in that it is based on possibilities, whereas Fantasy is well, not (entirely) possible.
For those who grew up during the 1950s and 1960s, how many Science Fiction stories have you watched (Star Trek anyone?) or read where certain technology has been taken and made into reality today? Does any specific gadgets come to mind?
Those who write Science Fiction are fascinated with the seemingly unlimited possibilities, with what mankind can accomplish when using various forms/areas of science whether it be for good or for evil. There are those who write to explore the many possible outcomes through alternate worlds or timelines (what would our world be like if Germany had won World War II?), or explore the consequences of various types of technology (what would our world be like if computers took over, and mankind became either slaves or extinct?).
Science is a very broad field which provides writers with almost endless choices for story ideas when writing fiction.
How do you write a serial fiction that will have readers coming back for more? Here’s a list of ideas that I’ve found that worked for others:
1. Post new chapters/sections in a timely fashion. Don’t wait several weeks or months to post a new entry to your story. Readers don’t like to wait very long to see what happens next.
2. Show, don’t tell. Make your story come to life in a reader’s mind by showing what happen. Allow the reader to lose her or himself in the world you created.
3. Try to end each section or chapter with a cliffhanger. Give your readers no choice but to come back!
4. Make sure each entry is as free of grammatical errors as possible.
5. Find ways to make your story original. Try something that few have dared to do.
Can you add other ways that would help increase the success of a serial fiction?
Okay, you started a web serial so now, how do you go about letting others know it exists? One of the reasons you started this was to gain readers. Right?
Here are a few possible ways:
3. Your personal or writing blog
4. Enlist it with the Web Fiction Guide
5. If you’re a part of a writing community, you can let your fellow writers know that you started a web serial and would welcome any comment and/or feedback.
For those of you who have successfully launched your web fiction, share with us (newbies) any other ways we can increase our readership base.
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Ever since I heard about Yesterday’s Gone, I can’t stop thinking about starting my own serialized fiction. I have had several different ideas in mind, and instead of doing each one of them separately, I’m going to combine them all into one.
So far, I’ve spent this weekend drafting up the summary for the entire storyline; I’m now working out an outline for each ebook. And there will be several. Each ebook will average between 25 to 50 pages; the inaugural book will probably be the shortest of which I will also offer as a freebie to hopefully stimulate general interest.
The genre of this series will be a combination of science fiction and YA, but mostly fantasy with a good dose of horror sprinkled in.
Stay tuned for future postings on this project!
Serial fiction is really nothing new. In the past, this was popular mostly in the form of comics. Stephen King’s The Green Mile was a serialized work of fiction. I think you get the idea.
Currently, there is a new series that is starting to gain in popularity called, Yesterday’s Gone. On Amazon, this ebook series, as of today, ranks 44th for Horror fiction. Since New York Times recently started to include ebooks in their Best Sellers list, it may not be too long before Yesterday’s Gone finds its way there.
While you’re still pondering on my questions above, go ahead and read this guest post by one of the authors of the series, David Wright.
What are your thoughts on serialized fiction? Would this be something you would try?
(Originally posted on my other blog, A Writer and Her Adolescent Muse)
There seems to be various definitions of what speculative fiction is, but listed below are a few of the common themes I pulled from them:
1. It can be any genre or any format (including art) which includes a “fantastical” element to the overall story/picture
2. Deals with the hypothetical or more commonly, the “what if.”
Many, not all, seem to agree that speculative fiction is not purely fantasy. Spec-fic (as it’s also known as) must be believable; in that this could happen. After all, you’re speculating, exploring the many possibilities of a given event or idea.
Ever since Robert Heinlein coined the word “speculative fiction” in the 1940s, the writing world has struggled to define exactly what it is. Many have placed science fiction and fantasy under this “umbrella” but is this truly accurate? When Mr. Heinlein “created” this word, he was thinking about science fiction and did not considered fantasy to be a part of it. At that time, he as well as many other sci-fi writers, were not particularly happy with the sci-fi genre and its limitations. They wanted to push their writings beyond the traditional boundaries of that genre.
In my mind, speculative fiction isn’t just science fiction and fantasy. It encompasses any work that doesn’t follow the traditional mode of a given genre. In poetry, we called this “experimental.”
What are your thoughts?