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Novels like Vernor Vinge's *A Fire Upon the Deep or Alastair Reynolds' Terminal World play in universes where the laws of nature are different, which plays a large role in the plots. In a away, most Science Fiction or Fantasy modifies the laws of nature to facilitate faster than light travel, unknown energy stores or to allow magic. Even the Expanse, praised ...


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In The Craft of Writing Science Fiction That Sells, author Ben Bova emphasises the importance of four elements: Character Background Conflict Plot This is no different from any other work of fiction. The difference with Science Fiction is the need to create convincing and consistent settings (world building). And he makes an important point: ‘Almost every ...


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Show Don't Tell: I agree that it isn't always important for your reader to know the rules of your world - at first. Some things, like how the FTL system works, can be taken for granted - readers know what FTL is, but no one knows how it really works. explain the parts relevant to the story, and the rest gets cartooned in. But they do eventually need to know ...


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It's important for you to understand how your scifi universe works. It is NOT important for your reader to understand. With 2 exceptions: If it directly affects the plot. For example, if traveling faster than the speed of light is possible, and it will be critical to resolving some thread of the plot, you need to let the reader know beforehand. Likewise,...


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A cover letter is your chance to tell the editor about your manuscript, why it is important, and how it fits into their magazine, so you must grab the editor's attention. This letter should not be written in haste because the quality of the cover letter can increase or decrease your chances of publication. The cover letter should follow a fairly standard ...


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