Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Judging Science Fiction (part 3)
Spin an alternate reality with conviction. I remember a line from a movie where a con-artist advised to never break the con--if it looks like your lies have been discovered, double-down on those lies and dig even deeper. When writing science fiction, if you invest yourself deeply in the world that you've created with resolute conviction, your readers may be overcome by your writing and accept some inconsistencies, possibly even concocting their own explanations to excuse those discrepancies. However, it is risky to depend on readers to do this for you, and the best bet is to do a lot of research. If you've chosen to write sci-fi, you've done so because you intend your story to represent a possible or at least a plausible future. It's now your responsibility to make sure your vision aligns with the modern era as much as possible, following current developments in technology and science.