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science fiction : fiction dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science on society or individuals or having a scientific factor as an essential orienting component — Webster
Science fiction (often shortened to SF or sci-fi) is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel, faster than light travel, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life. Science fiction often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations, and has been called a “literature of ideas”. It usually avoids the supernatural, and unlike the related genre of fantasy, historically, science-fiction stories were intended to have a grounding in science-based fact or theory at the time the story was created, but this connection is now limited to hard science fiction. — Wikipedia
This book is not about the future. Yes, it begins by announcing that it’s set in the “Ekumenical Year 1490-97,” but surely you don’t believe that? … I’m merely observing, in the peculiar, devious, and thought-experimental manner proper to science fiction, that if you look at us at certain odd times of day in certain weathers, we already are. I am not predicting, or prescribing. I am describing. I am describing certain aspects of psychological reality in the novelist’s way, which is by inventing elaborately circumstantial lies. —
Ursula K. LeGuin, Excerpt from Introduction to the The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
SFWA Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
What Makes You Think Your Idea’s Even Worth...
by Editor on October 11, 2019 at 7:53 pm
by Dan Brotzel Genuine idea theft and plagiarism are complete no-nos, of course. But I’m amazed how protective writers of stories, articles and posts can be about ideas that aren’t really worth stealing. Here are a few thoughts on ideation and originality... The post What Makes You Think Your Idea’s Even Worth Stealing? appeared first on SFWA.
In Memoriam – John A. Pitts
by KathrynBaker on October 11, 2019 at 3:06 pm
SFWA member John A. Pitts died on October 3 from amyoidosis. Pitts began publishing short fiction in 2006 with “There Once Was a Girl from Nantucket (A Fortean Love Story),” co-written with Ken Scholes. He went on to write several short stories on his own and in 2010 began publishing novels under the name J.A. Pitts with The post In Memoriam – John A. Pitts appeared first on SFWA.
Star Trek Will Save the World!
by Editor on October 7, 2019 at 6:03 pm
by Filip Wiltgren Climate crisis, economic imparity, obesity, totalitarianism, re-nuclearization. The list is long, but there is a solution right around the corner. It's called the Holodeck. The post Star Trek Will Save the World! appeared first on SFWA.
SFWA Market Report For October
by David Steffen on October 3, 2019 at 5:33 pm
Welcome to the October edition of the SFWA Market Report. Please note: Inclusion of any market in the report below does not indicate an official endorsement by SFWA. The post SFWA Market Report For October appeared first on SFWA.
Writing to the Shadows
by Editor on September 30, 2019 at 9:08 pm
by Paul Jessup Let’s talk about that early stage of the story, when you have that bright gleaming idea in your head, burning brightly. It wants to be born, it wants to come to life. You spend days, weeks, months doing research, laying down pages and pages and pages of notes. Enough to be a small novel in itself. And then you start writing. The post Writing to the Shadows appeared first on SFWA.