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How do I smoothly introduce alien units of measurement?

I’m writing some decently-hard science fiction which revolves heavily around an alien species on another planet, far away from our Solar System. Rather than live on a rocky planet, this species ...
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Should I specify the year for a somewhat-near-future sci-fi novel?

I'm writing a fiction book as close to hard sci-fi as I can (aside from some handwaving of one major story element to actually get the plot going), and I'm working on sorting out the timeline. I've ...
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How do I determine if the premise of my story is believable?

This post is part advice and part discussion. How do you determine if a story's premise is believable? Is the believability of a story's premise more of a demographic thing? Do people determine how ...
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What are some ways that new developments in science and engineering can be shared with hard-core sci-fi writers?

When I was younger, I read hard-core science fiction incessantly, I learned a lot, and this inspired my imagination and helped me to become an engineer. Now I am developing the kind of technology that ...
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How do I make a situation that looks like a planet will be destroyed, but without actually destroying it? [closed]

Here are some details for context: There are two civilisations, A and B. B is significantly smaller, around a few hundred people. B is visiting A's home world via a magic item that can teleport a ...
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High tech crime [closed]

For a near-future cyberpunk story, what inventive crimes using high tech (not including hacking, ransomware, etc, as these already are too commonplace) already exist today? One thing that comes to my ...
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How do I write a superintelligent character?

A very similar question has been asked here. Writing a Super Intelligent AI I ask this question for multiple reasons. I was writing a sci-fi work and I decided it'd make sense that the characters have ...
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In a superhero story, is it better to make all the superpowers come from one source or multiple sources?

In my world I had a idea for four power sources for superhumans. The four power sources were mutations, magic, technology, and skills. Mutations are genetic based superpowers. Magic users get their ...
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Where can I go to find a co-author for my book series?

I am trying to locate a co-author for a book series I have planned. I have the basic premise and foundation done, and have written a rough "first page." But, even though I am a published ...
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How can I have characters have very little to no communications with outside world without it sounding too contrived?

This will be like 1 of 3 posts about this story. I am writing (or plan to at least) a story about these folks that are shrunk and sent out to make 'first' contact with a civilization of cockroaches. ...
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What would happen if all humans disappeared from the world today? [closed]

I would like to write a science fiction novel where, as of today (30 April 2023) all humans disappeared from the universe. All other animals, plants & fishes exist, just not humans. What would be ...
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How can I write better fight scenes? [duplicate]

I have a science-fiction story I'm writing and it has a ton of fight scenes in it. However, I'm really bad at writing them. How could I improve?
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What could I do to write a fictional story with a lot of action without applying too many character perspective changes?

I'm writing a fictional(science fiction) story. Currently, I'm on a chapter that has a lot perspective changes, and I'm writing in third person, so my readers can experience things near the ...
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How propose a story / write / publish for an established universe or franchise? [duplicate]

I would like to know the process of proposing a story or manuscript for an established universe or franchise. Some examples of universes include Star Wars, Star Trek, Horizon, etc. My question is ...
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Who should be the antagonist when my novel is meant to be educational?

I am writing a science fantasy novel, but I think I should re-write it completely. Let me explain the situation. Here's the concept of my novel: The story takes place in an alternate world where a ...
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How do you prevent yourself from neglecting scientific accuracy in a sci-fi-fantasy story without telling?

In a sci-fi setting, I was told it was important to follow scientific principles to some extent. Neglecting these principles can create confusion and disbelief among readers or viewers. For example, ...
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How can I balance an FTL system in a sci-fi story?

I'm currently writing up a sci-fi universe where humanity is the newbies to the intergalactic community. Because nobody likes stories of extremely slow yet realistic interstellar voyages (with ...
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How much is too much for an upper middle grade book? (TW suicide mention)

One of my main characters is named Lucas. Lucas can turn into a cat. He struggles with controlling this power. He’s also from the bad side of town; his parents are neglectful and eventually disappear ...
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Just how unrealistic can I make my science fiction stories without alienating my readers?

Just how unrealistic can I make my science fiction stories without alienating my readers? I read a lot of comics and often the science in them is just wrong, so I know a lot of people do this and they'...
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How do you write a perfect AI character with no human emotion while making it a dramatic character?

https://youtu.be/4BxfV1sBRJs?t=195 “In order for your character to evolve in a positive way, he has to start out with something lacking in his life, some reason that makes the change necessary. He is ...
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How do trademark laws work for sci-fi tech?

I want to write sci-fi and I love science fiction technologies. However I know you can trademark a name like Star Wars did with droid. Yet, speaking of Star Wars, Larry Niven’s Ringworld is ...
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To explain or not to explain?

In fantasy and science fiction, there's often either magic or advanced technology. Often, these are integral parts of the story and also would seem trivial for someone in the universe. However, for ...
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Are there any science fiction books (or historical fiction) which don't have specific "main characters", which talks in generalities instead?

I am considering how to write a "fiction" book about the far distant past (millions of years ago), like some sort of historical or science fiction book. I'm not sure if there is a specific ...
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How do you write an action and science fiction story without having it be overtaken by the romantic plot tumour?

The romantic plot tumour is a trope where a show or series or story has a bit of romance in it. However it soon becomes the main focus of the show and this sidelines the original premise of said story....
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How seriously can the wild wild west nature of pro wrestling be taken in a story or fictional world that takes place in a modern setting?

I wanted to take a realistic approach to pro wrestling when it came to world-building. If you are not a fan of pro wrestling, I would tell you that pro wrestling is an insane concept when taken ...
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In a story where magic exists, does magic leave a lot of room for hope and spiritual beliefs?

I'm kind of asking two questions here. One question is about hope and the other is about spiritual beliefs. I like to keep my world grounded in reality. For some reason, I feel like this is super easy ...
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Does transhumanism overlap with traditional superpowers when both share the same settings?

I always thought the superpowers/superhero genre and the supertechnolgy/futuristic genre were two different genres, but I notice that people still considered superpowers to be a part of the whole ...
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When it comes to superhero stories, does the law of cool play a role in hitmen, assassins, and serial killer characters usually not having powers?

In a lot of superhero stories, characters that usually have killer-based gimmicks, the assassin/hitmen or serial killer type of characters, are often portrayed as not having superpowers. The majority ...
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In a superhuman society, would certain threats be underestimated by society?

Batman has an extremely dangerous supervillain gallery. One of those dangerous villains is Victor Zsasz. He is a very dangerous serial killer. Put him in the real world, and Victor Zsasz would be the ...
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Is it an odd concept for a superhero with superhuman powers to use technology/gadgets and also rely on tech?

In fiction, it's usually human superheroes without powers like Batman or Green Arrow, that use tech or depend on tech to make up for their lack of superpowers. Not all metahumans are bulletproof, but ...
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What are some things to consider when it comes to superpowers and criminal organizations coexisting in the same superhero world?

Fictional works about criminal organizations, like Scarface, God Father, and Sons of Anarchy are where I get my notes from. I would like to see how superpowers would look in the criminal underworld. I ...
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Is it odd to overestimate the danger of peak human characters or characters without powers?

What does peak human mean in my world? There are two types of peak humans in my world: physical types and mental types. Physical types are the top tier in skills that involve hand-to-hand combat or ...
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When it comes to superhero stories, would an audience be accepting of a weak character that is superhuman?

I find myself limited or stuck between writing two types of characters. One character type is the Batman type. The type where the hero can be vulnerable to any form of damage and can be taken out ...
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Is there a written equivalent to the "jump scare"?

The "jump scare" is a standard storytelling technique in horror and science fiction film and video games, in which a very rapid transition (stereotypically, a creature literally jumping up ...
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Are flash-forwards ever used as literary devices?

Flashbacks are common in books and movies. People only perceive linear time in that they only have knowledge of the past, even when those memories might seem to be artificially planted. What are the ...
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How to find out more about how certain government operations work?

I am writing a Michael Crichton-style sci-fi novel, and at one point, a government operation is convened to fix a problem - consider a national emergency (let say a virus/bioweapon got loose from a ...
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How to depict alien thoughts when color/pattern is primary language?

Searched through questions, googled around, and couldn't find anything helpful so here I am. I am trying to find an interesting way to write out the thought patterns of an alien species that's primary ...
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Is using Swahili inspired vocabulary and words similar to Japanese slang in my custom language cultural appropriation?

For context the species using my language are non-human with mostly human characteristics. This extraterrestrial race is called the Ilya and they differ from humans in the way that they evolved to be ...
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Writing detail from an animal's perspective

My sci-fi story is told from an alien wild animal's perspective. The story is immersive, so the reader directly follows the thoughts and reflexes of the alien. I enjoy writing this way, because the ...
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How to write a character who has the ability to manipulate diamagnetism? [closed]

I am trying to adapt a character who has Diamagnetic Manipulation abilities (https://powerlisting.fandom.com/wiki/Diamagnetism_Manipulation) into my own universe. Although I know superpowers do not ...
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Sudden diary entry within a 3rd person limited story

I'm writing a 3rd person limited multi-pov Sci-Fi. The thoughts of whatever POV is being followed at any point are sometimes shown in italicized writing. Suddenly, 42K words in, starting off chapter ...
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How to describe races/ethnicities in setting where corresponding geographic locations do not exist?

In English, the common name for some racial or ethnic groups is a fairly neutral English word (e.g. white, black...). Others, however, are named only by reference to a geographic point of origin (e.g. ...
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How and where should you explain how the physical laws of your sci-fi universe significantly differ from the real world?

How and where should you explain how the laws of your sci-fi universe significantly differ from the real world? Let's say that the laws are so different from the what be construed from the theories of ...
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How to write a cover letter when submitting fiction to a magazine?

How should I write the cover letter, when submitting some fiction to a magazine? What is the format? What are the things that I must and should include in it? I am not an established writer. I have ...
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Writing Science Fantasy: Problems with oversaturation of weird?

I have been thinking of writing a Science Fantasy novel, basically a world with both magic and not currently invented science. I have concerns that it might just have too much fantasy, too much ...
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Is it okay to change plots/genres multiple times?

My question is rather simple, and means exactly what it looks like. I'm writing a book in which there have been a genre change, from a not-very-good suspense novel to more of an action, however, the ...
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What kind of alternative or futuristic energy source would you come up with? [closed]

I'm writing a sci-fi novel and am having a hard time coming up with a new energy source that DOESN'T revolve around the widely popular "nuclear" option everyone favors so much. I've tried ...
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What level of understanding should you have of Quantum Physics to write a hard science fiction novel?

What level of understanding should you have of Quantum Physics to write a hard science fiction novel? And how should you learn Quantum Physics in order to be able to write a hard science fiction novel?...
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What Is the Best Approach to Making A Main Character That is Not "Special" Without Making it Feel Like A Pity Party?

Just some background: I'm writing a story centered around a boy who is not special. As in, there is nothing too defining about him physically. The thing is, he isn't in a realistic setting. He is ...
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How Do I Compress Multiple Novels' Worth of Plot, Characters, and Worldbuilding into One?

I have been working on worldbuilding, plotting out, and writing characters for a science-fantasy series for over 4 years now, and I feel the time has come to take another stab at writing the actual ...
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