August 22nd, 2014

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Writing Excuses 9.34: Science Fiction As Science Education

Writing Excuses 9.34: Science Fiction As Science Education

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/08/17/writing-excuses-9-34-science-fiction-as-science-education/

Key Points: People like stories, so turn science into a narrative. You may be elegantly incorrect, but if a neat idea makes people dig deeper, they learn more. Science fiction, by definition, includes science we can't quite do yet -- hypothetical. Try for engaging, interesting, exciting fiction that is also technically correct. Make great stories, then add technical accuracy. To make difficult topics accessible, start with engaging stories -- true but weird is good. Picking a point of view character, look for person in pain and ignorant, so they can have a voyage of discovery. Make sure the character needs the information for something. Use metaphor to give your reader something they understand.
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[Howard] Now, I was supposed to be spending that time coming up with a writing prompt. Okay. So here's your writing prompt. Sheep desperately needs a delaying tactic because if it gets shorn, bad things are going to happen. We're going to assume sentient sheep. Go.
[Brandon] All right. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
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