#24 Pop-Up... Science Fiction World Building
Learn How to Build Worlds in Science Fiction
Over the last number of years, topics and fun things had come up that Kris and I wanted to talk about, but we had had no structure to do so. But now we do with these Pop-Ups.
These Pop-Up topics will just appear when something strikes us. No regular order or timing, but we hope to do more than one per month at least.
Each Pop-Up will consist of from 10 to 15 videos on the topic. Maybe some extra stuff if the topic needs extra. And then one short story prompt.
The Short Story Prompt
Each Pop-Up will also have a short story assignment to a specific topic associated with the Pop-Up. If you decide to write the short story, you can send it to dean at [email protected]
Instructions for each will be in the assignment video.
We will suggest markets if we know of any. Also, if the story fits something either of us are editing at that moment and we like it, we might ask for you to send it back for that project. To send it back or not will be your choice. You are not submitting a story to anything by sending the story to us for feedback. You are just getting us to read it like a first reader. Only we are experienced editors.
Why would we do this? Because, honestly, we love reading short fiction and we would love to see what writers could do with some of these topics at hand.
Pop-Up #24... Building Worlds in Science Fiction
Most science fiction stories, if set in the future or in space, require the writer to build the world of their story and describe that world to readers while building characters and telling a story at the same time.
World building is a critical tool for science fiction writers. It requires a level of detail that needs to be described, just enough, not too much, not too little. And it has to come through a character.
This is not about trying to come up with actual planets or moons or the workings of a space ship, in science fiction, the world is the area around a character.
And as you can imagine with this topic, there is a really fun short story assignment with this one as well.
With over twenty-three million copies of his books in print, USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith now brings you original fiction every month for the past three years in his own magazine, Smith’s Monthly.
Dean wrote over twenty-five original Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, plus Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man novels, and others. He wrote many gaming novels including Final Fantasy.
He wrote novels and stories under almost fifty pen names and did scripts for Hollywood as well as being an editor for various magazines. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch. You can follow his writing life at www.deanwesleysmith.com
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