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Turning Reality into SciFi or Fantasy

 
Cray Dimensional
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The ideas part of the workshop focused on coming up with story ideas for people, places, things, experiences you know or can research. However what I didn't quite grasp was translating that into SciFi or Fantasy. I found my way to create Q2 entry from the workshop to turn my story into SciFi. However, I was wondering if anyone has suggestions on doing this.

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Topic starter Posted : April 1, 2021 6:30 pm
Edward Lang
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The human experience is universal.  Have you ever been surprised by a dog on the street?  What if it were giant spider?  How about a monkey in a Brooks Brothers suit?  I once walked up to a girlfriend's house and saw her talking with someone before any of them saw me.  What if she disappeared?  Or turned around with blood dripping down her chin?  Have you ever sat down with a bit of technology and thought if only?  Or held the hand of a loved one as they passed and wished there was a gene mod that could have saved them?  All of those things are built on normal everyday experiences and extrapolated to extraordinary stories.

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Posted : April 1, 2021 7:47 pm
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Posted by: @craydimensional

The ideas part of the workshop focused on coming up with story ideas for people, places, things, experiences you know or can research. However what I didn't quite grasp was translating that into SciFi or Fantasy. I found my way to create Q2 entry from the workshop to turn my story into SciFi. However, I was wondering if anyone has suggestions on doing this.

I start with a SF idea, or fantasy, so I am not sure how to explain it. But where is the opening scene? On a space ship, an asteroid, or a dry dusty foothills with rock formation sticking out of the ground, with dwarves looking for your main character? It is said that a certain SF Master changed how we write SF with one sentence  "The door irised opened". I open a book with the MC in his space ship and he has to land on a nearby human colonized planet to find more coolant for his drives. 

I do not know if this helps but that type of thing is how I usually start my SF. 

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Posted : April 6, 2021 8:48 pm
Cray Dimensional
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So I wound up starting of both stories with an idea from real world and then started asking myself how would it change if... The exercise was kinda fun.

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Topic starter Posted : April 6, 2021 9:19 pm
Reuben
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Posted by: @craydimensional

So I wound up starting of both stories with an idea from real world and then started asking myself how would it change if... The exercise was kinda fun.

Exactly. For example, a story might start with you observing a man walking robotically across the street, and thinking: What if everyone in the world were robots except for one person?

Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series started with imagining a world of mist, and ash. OSC's Ender's Game started with wondering how war would work in outer space, in which an enemy could come from six directions instead of four.

It's also good to change it up, like you did with the genres. Say What if more than once. For example, Ender's Game was taken one step further when OSC decided to make the soldiers not men, but children.  

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Posted : April 7, 2021 6:43 am
Cray Dimensional
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Just read “Shadow Man” by Donal Mead from v25. I really loved the use of Hiroshima as a backdrop for the fictional story. Glad to see an example on how to use this technique.

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Topic starter Posted : May 2, 2021 10:21 am
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Posted by: @craydimensional

Just read “Shadow Man” by Donal Mead from v25. I really loved the use of Hiroshima as a backdrop for the fictional story. Glad to see an example on how to use this technique.

That story was so good!!!

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Posted : May 2, 2021 8:42 pm
David Hankins
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Posted by: @craydimensional

So I wound up starting of both stories with an idea from real world and then started asking myself how would it change if... The exercise was kinda fun.

I've been trying the same thing, going for more of the urban fantasy direction. I love reading deep science fiction like David Weber's Honor Harrington series, but I don't know that I'm ready for that depth of world building yet. Taking everyday situations and throwing in a fantasy or sci-fi element has been a lot of fun and easier for my brain to wrap itself around as I'm learning the mechanics of good story-telling. 

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