I am a novice writer, just starting on a mini novel in the Science Fiction genre.
The crux of the novel is about 4 or 5 discussions between protagonist and a set of particular individuals with their own motives, and trying to convince them to do something. The setting is very limited - imagine an alien coming to earth and talking to few key people (leaders) one by one without much exposure to the public (a little bit like in the movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still", but not entirely so in the sense of the protagonist interacting with both leaders and non-leaders).
Can you point me to some references in literature (scifi primarily) where arguments are the crux and there is not much action or story going on. That is, whatever the story is, will come out in the discussions itself. I think socratic method (question answer sessions leading to some conclusion), matches closest to what I want but
(a) I want to put in a little more story than that since this is going to be a work of fiction and not purely a philosophical treatise.
(b) I was unable to find any fiction books doing that
Secondly, do such books make an interesting read? I know it depends on the writer's ability, but just trying to gauge the general interest.