05-14-2007 01:38 PM
If you had to pinpoint only one thing, in all the aspects of writing SF, that helps to create a strong SF story and a strong sense of wonder, what would that thing be?
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05-15-2007 01:08 AM
Ok, so what would happen if, instead of just another android, it was a detective. And it's partner hated androids and was agoraphobic.
Ok, so what would happen if you were the one who discovered the number zero.
05-18-2007 11:36 PM
Or creating a new twist on a familiar future the way Phillip K. Dick did in _The Man in the High Castle_, or William Gibson's _Neuromancer_, both of which depict an America on the decline while other nations and cultures around it are on the rise.
Or creating a novel environment, the way that Frank Herbert did with the planet Arrakis, known as "Dune," a desert planet with a unique and mysterious desert planet and a desert people trained for an unusual destiny.
These stories used ideas that had been thought of before. But they each used an unusual, creative "twist" to make their ideas novel and unusual, and thus fascinating to us.