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Old 09-15-2010, 12:06 AM View Post #1 (Link) How to Write Science Fiction Like the Masters
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This is intended as fun, but there is still some truth

How to Write Science Fiction Like the Masters

JG Ballard: Find a theory in the American Psychologist and think about the logical repercussions of it. Then take those logical repercussions and stretch them past their breaking point to see what you find. Write a story about this happening to an average scientist.

Ray Bradbury: Juxtapose strange happenings into Midwestern environments. Liberally use phrases like "like all get out," and "six ways to Sunday." Put yourself in the situation and think like one of us Midwesterners would. Evolve the story through emotion and character versus logic. Shun logic at every corner and make this work somehow.

Greg Egan: Go to college for twelve years. Major in Quantum Chromodynamics. While you stay up night after night cramming for you class in Advanced Metaphysics of Religion, remember to read as much Isaac Asimov as you can.

Robert Reed: Be abducted by aliens as a child and have the complete works of Robert Heinlein downloaded into an ultra-high density flash capacitor located in the center of your corpus callosum.

John Scalzi: Try to be abducted by aliens as a child and read the complete works of Robert Heinlein while you're waiting. Become cynical because of all the years you wasted believing in aliens and start a blog about it before it becomes chic.

William Gibson: Get drunk on saki, vomit into the floppy drive of your Apple II, and accidentally electrocute yourself. It has to be accidental or you'll end up like Bruce Sterling.

Vernor Vinge: Travel back through time in an antiprotonic tube attached to the superstring that runs through our 4-dimensional now and warn us of the dangers of our rampant technological ramping. Promptly be ignored and wreck your time machine during a drunken bender with William Gibson.

Jeff Vandermeer: Add dark beer, psilocybin, and the macerated hearts of 100 Cthulu. Shake vigorously and let sit thirty years.

China Mieville: Grow a second brain on a diet of pulped extra terrestrials and seas monsters with at least four appendages. Connect this second brain to the inferior one in your head via the unmyelinated optic nerve of a Mesonychoteuthis hamilton. Connect the second pair of hands you exhumed from the grave of Lovecraft. Only use ink made from the tears of M. John Harrison mixed with coal dust.

Ted Chiang: Yeah right. You have a better chance of your winning lottery ticket being struck by a lightning bolt deflected off of the Roswell Saucer.
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Attention on the creative writing, not the art. You still have to build reliable characters and probable plots. If your attention on important a good story, that just occurs to be set on some other globe or in some future period, then you won't be dogged by immoral storytelling difficulties like clichés that can occupy help with essay any genre of writing.
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just love to read stories and crative writing stuff.
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