Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Science Fiction Fact
So, your story focuses on things that haven't been invented. You find your beta readers aren't able to submerse themselves in your story. Well, it could be your characters or your plot but it could also be the premise of the sci-fi elements themselves.
Science fiction doesn't have to be based on already-existing technologies but it helps to relate them to things people are familiar with. Your new super virus could function like a mix of Ebola and Cholera. The "death ray" your villain is going to use to wipe out planets may possibly be based on the "Star Wars" project the government had, although expanded.
Comparing things fleshes out the picture in readers' minds and also gives them what they're looking for. Most people who read sci-fi want to read about POSSIBILITIES. It doesn't have to be something extremely probable but, if you do your research and show how things COULD end up a certain way, it will add legitimacy and give people something to ponder or get lost in.
It also saves you time. If you have to describe every new piece of technology, it could get confusing and bogged down with detail, depending on how many new things there are in your world. No one wants a boring story, especially with a high-risk sci-fi novel!
I am not saying to gloss over everything but try relating (at least for your personal notes) how some of your creations can be described using known technology, biology, etc. It will help you, and maybe your readers, stay within your impossible possibilities.
*Photo by: Susan Sharpless Smith