04-21-2007 12:47 AM
04-21-2007 10:25 AM
Hello I am a new writer, and I would like some feedback on these ideas. The only science fiction I have ever read is by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. It is the only science fiction I really have ever want to read. Anway my sci-fi book will take place in the future in which robots do all combat and war. There will be advanced technology as well, which I have not thought of yet. I am also wondering if I write a book that takes place in the 1880s to 1890s that would be considered in those days sci- fi, would it be sci-fi now days?
Well, in order to give feedback on the idea, I personally would need more details. I think that you have a very loose base, and that's a great jumping point. What were you thinking of setting in this world?
And are you talking about a book written in the 1880s? I would say so. If the author was writing "futuristic" and that meant it was set in the 1980s, yes, that'd still be scifi.
04-21-2007 12:58 PM
I do't really understand completly what yoiu said about my 1890s idea. I would not set in the 1980s but in the 1890s. It would be about a genius who builds new technology and inventions for those days.
04-21-2007 01:12 PM
As for the other book, I was thinking you were asking about something already written, but yes there is Historical SciFi, that being a SciFi plot set in a bygone era. That sounds interesting to me.
04-23-2007 06:29 PM
It sounds like you might be at a bit of a disadvantage because you're not familiar with what's already been written that might be similar to your idea. In particular, there is a branch of SF called cyberpunk that emerged in the 1980s that focuses a lot on the effects of computers on society. A subgenre within that also emerged called steampunk, which translates some of those ideas to historical, mainly Victorian, settings -- like yours. I'd recommend you start reading some of those works to see how other authors handled these ideas.
The only steampunk work I can recall offhand is The Difference Engine by Bruce Sterling and William Gibson (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnIn
04-23-2007 07:31 PM
Steampunk (cyberpunk-style fantasy and fiction in Victorian settings) actually has a nice body of work behind it. Tim Powers' _Anubis Gates_, K. W. Jeter's _Morlock Night_ (written as a sequel to H.G. Wells' _Time Machine_) are to other good examples of steampunk. Jeter is the sf writer who coined the term "steampunk" to describe this subgenre of sf.
If you're really enamored of historical sf, the Baroque Cycle of Neal Stephenson is magnificient, and Harry Turtledove and Lucius Shepherd make a good living writing in what's called the "alternate history" subgenre of sf, where some twist in the past has changed Earth's subsequent history. (Turtledove, for example, has a novel where the Confederacy won the Civil War.)
It's as good a place as any to start reading current sf.
04-23-2007 08:31 PM
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04-26-2007 11:35 AM - edited 04-26-2007 11:35 AM
Speaking of Neal Stephenson, he also wrote a book called The Diamond Age about a resurgence of Victorian culture in a future society. It's not one of his most successful works, imo, but the way he handles the culture is interesting.
Message Edited by Muse_of_Ire on 04-26-200711:42 AM
04-28-2007 01:22 PM
10-25-2007 07:44 PM
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