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Althalus
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Registered: ‎01-10-2008
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What are the Key Elements of Science Fiction?

Here is a cool idea. There are many different ideas as to what is needed to make a Science Fiction Novel and I say, to those that are interested, lets start to list some (if not all) of them! So I say list one per person, and give explanations behind it being a necessary aspect of Science Fiction.

So here is the first and admittedly one of the most obvious; Vision. This seems to be inherent in the concept of future oriented but its easy to see into the future without any vision. Wars, plague, technology, all can be conceived without vision its the idea or concept behind them that pushes these simple ideas into the realm of SciFi.
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TiggerBear
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Re: What are the Key Elements of Science Fiction?

Technology- if the technical knowledge, expertise, schematics ,ect.. don't ring true, actually function, or are a least believable. The product will not work.

Examples
Movies
The Core - decent movie till the end where the authors lack of knowledge about basic electrical conductivity completely unravels the entire rescue.
Minority Report - great tech, but lack or paradox knowledge unravels the entire plot.
Mission to Mars - are you telling me 3 genius scientists can't solve a grade school level math logic problem?!

Good knowledgeable technology usage is what makes or breaks the believability in any scifi format.