I wasn’t going to post this tonight. I’m exhausted. Tomorrow is another really long day. But if I don’t post this, if I don’t loose it from my mind, I’ll lay in bed pondering it. This way I release it to the world.
What makes good science fiction?
There’s a contest coming up that I would like to write for. It’s a science fiction contest. I know a lot of very commonly used tropes, which were all done amazingly well. When something is done amazingly well, it’s very difficult to actually mimic it without it seeming like fan service. I don’t want to be another fan boy.
So throughout the day, when I wasn’t educating people about restaurant equipment, I was pondering what makes science fiction good. What makes people flock to it. I also tried thinking up a story.
Currently I’m going with a Deus Ex theme because I feel it has the most possibility to veer from what already exists. People all have a HUD through neural implants at a young age. These exist as tracking devices as well. The rich can get other augmentations, such as enhanced physical performance, HUD gives more detailed information, weapon systems, eidetic memory, and other capabilities. I wouldn’t leave earth, because I feel I’d just end up trying to copy Firefly, Mass Effect, Star Trek, or any number of other space operas. A plan where human augmentations are capable, that’s something I sense I can run with.
So what draws you to science fiction? What makes you want to read it and what concepts cause you to pick up a book in the first place? What could improve my own idea, or is this idea crap? All input is direly requested. I’m at a loss.