posted on Jul, 28 2013 @ 06:02 AM
Characters; Environments; Technology; Themes; Plot: What's Not Yet Been Done in Sci-Fi Writing, But Should Be?
This is a thread to seek your input on what's been overused in science fiction storytelling, and what's been underdeveloped or absent which you
would like to see given the sci-fi treatment.
If you had to choose a science fiction novel, and browsed a selection of a used bookstore, a big box bookstore, or online inventory, What would make
you put down a book? If you read the back cover or opened it randomly, What's a turn-off, or What sparks your interest?
One example I have is Names: the names of characters & even places, sometimes, if they're too funky or garbled, will tend to cause me to lose
interest. Or, judging a book by it's cover, is obviously (to me, anyways) how books get picked up for further inspection, at all. I avoid books with
cheesy illustrated spacescapes, especially featuring a character & a wistful-looking comrade/romantic interest. Those are very limited, surface bits
and by no means is that all that I'm looking for in responses here.
While it appears from the numbers that this forum isn't exactly hoppin; I'm hopin there are some pretty serious Science Fiction fans in the ATS
community who will let loose w/rants or minor stickler points regarding the seemingly inherent devices used by Sci-Fi writers.
Thank you for reading, from a member whose husband is over 40,000 words into his science fiction novel
P.S. (Ive not read it yet... & won't until it's published, because that won't work for him (or us!).
BUT, input from fans of the genre is INVALUABLE! Especially from people in a community such as this.
I told him I'd figure out a way to ask ATS people something which would give him ideas on the minset & expectations of sci-fi readers/movie watchers.
I hope you all have some strong opinions!