Five Writing Prompts for Science Fiction

Science fiction Big-data-2531363_1920 stories typically arise from a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or faster-than-light spacecraft; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific experiment run by aliens to determine the meaning of life” or “The government outlaws books.” The author then asks “What if?” exploring how the world with this novum is different than ours.

Among the problems of many novice science fiction writers is instead of introducing a new novum they rely on used furniture – that is, they borrow novums from popular SF series. After all, how many novels have you read that use starships exploring the galaxy for the Earth-based Federation? Barely changing names to appear as if you are not appropriating – a starcraft seeking M-class worlds for the Earth-centered Alliance – still doesn’t cut it as original or fully using the potential that science fiction offers to examine our culture or humanity.

To help SF writers, here are some novums of potential near-future inventions from which stories could be built:

Bioengineered microbes for Mars
What if we created bioengineered microbes that would detoxify and enrich the soil on Mars so agricultural crops could be grown there? How might these microbes evolve?

Dr. Doolittle device
What if a device existed in which people could read animals’ emotions? How does this affect animal abuse and our keeping of animals in zoos? Would more people become vegetarians?

Laser-charged ion propulsion
What if we illuminated solar panels on spacecraft so that ion propulsion systems could be lighter, resulting in most efficient and faster travel? How does this push humanity farther to the edge of the solar system?

Nuclear pulse rocket
What if we exploded small thermonuclear bombs inside cusp-shaped magnetic fields behind a spacecraft to propel it speeds of 6200 miles per second? How does this make interplanetary travel within our solar system feasible?

Skyscraper suspended from space
What if a 30-mile high skyscraper could be constructed and worked/lived in? Its top would be anchored to an asteroid orbiting 31,000 miles about the Earth.


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5 Science Fiction Writing Prompts: Future Tech

Science fiction Cyborg-2765349_1920 stories typically arise from a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or faster-than-light spacecraft; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific experiment run by aliens to determine the meaning of life” or “The government outlaws books.” The author then asks “What if?” exploring how the world with this novum is different than ours.

Among the problems of many novice science fiction writers is instead of introducing a new novum they rely on used furniture – that is, they borrow novums from popular SF series. After all, how many novels have you read that use starships exploring the galaxy for the Earth-based Federation? Barely changing names to appear as if you are not appropriating – a starcraft seeking M-class worlds for the Earth-centered Alliance – still doesn’t cut it as original or fully using the potential that science fiction offers to examine our culture or humanity.

To help SF writers, here are some novums of potential near-future inventions from which stories could be built:

Facial recognition app
What if smart contact lenses we wore include a facial recognition app that instantly told you the name of any person before you as well as provided a profile about them? How does this change our greeting customs?

Garden sensors
What if sensors beneath your lawn or in your garden could measure the amount of moisture in the soil and detect bug infestations then deliver targeted sprays of water, pesticides or fertilizer to those spots? How does this change the appearance of our lawns and neighborhoods?

GJ 338 AB colonization
What if future space explorers decided to settle a habitable planet orbited the second star in this binary? Such a planet probably would orbit the K-type star in just 34.5 days.

Living perfumes
What if people could download and apply bioengineered bacteria that when applied to the skin would emit a pleasant scent? The body’s epidermal area would become a living ecosystem of perfume.

Upcycling
What if products and their packaging were designed so that when recycled they retained 100% of their original integrity? This will be necessary in a resource-stretched world. How does this change the way we package, use and discard consumer goods?

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5 Best Sci-Fi Writing Prompts: Novums

Science fiction Man-845847_1920stories typically arise from a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or faster-than-light spacecraft; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific experiment run by aliens to determine the meaning of life” or “The government outlaws books.” The author then asks “What if?” exploring how the world with this novum is different than ours.

Among the problems of many novice science fiction writers is instead of introducing a new novum they rely on used furniture – that is, they borrow novums from popular SF series. After all, how many novels have you read that use starships exploring the galaxy for the Earth-based Federation? Barely changing names to appear as if you are not appropriating – a starcraft seeking M-class worlds for the Earth-centered Alliance – still doesn’t cut it as original or fully using the potential that science fiction offers to examine our culture or humanity.

To help SF writers, here are some novums of potential near-future inventions from which stories could be built:

82 Eridani colonization
What if future space explorers decided to colonize a habitable world orbiting this star, which is slightly dimmer than our own sun? The solar system is about 19.77 light years away. 

Fire-fighting wand
What if to put out a fire you could wave a wand that emitted an electric field destabilizing the flame’s underlying structure? Would this wand have other uses?

Microbatteries
What if with a 3D printer we could create lithium-ion batteries the size of a sand grain? How do this allow us to further miniaturize devices, whether they be medical implants or insect-size flying drones?

Sequoia replanting
What if in 2100, thanks to global warming, sequoias have almost entirely disappeared from national parks in California, but could now be grow in the Southern Cascades? In short, Lassen and Crater Lake national parks would grow sequoia groves that in a thousand years will look like they do now in Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.

Touchable pictures
What if via 3D printing we could create textured pictures that the visually impaired could feel to “see” a photograph? Could such textured pictures be the basis of a new form of art or carry human-assigned meanings that allow various textures to deliver symbolic messages?

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5 Must-See Prompts for SciFi Authors

Science fiction 00000000000000000rstories typically arise from a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or faster-than-light spacecraft; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific experiment run by aliens to determine the meaning of life” or “The government outlaws books.” The author then asks “What if?” exploring how the world with this novum is different than ours.

Among the problems of many novice science fiction writers is instead of introducing a new novum they rely on used furniture – that is, they borrow novums from popular SF series. After all, how many novels have you read that use starships exploring the galaxy for the Earth-based Federation? Barely changing names to appear as if you are not appropriating – a starcraft seeking M-class worlds for the Earth-centered Alliance – still doesn’t cut it as original or fully using the potential that science fiction offers to examine our culture or humanity.

To help SF writers, here are some novums of potential near-future inventions from which stories could be built:

Delta Pavonis colonization
What if future space explorers decide to colonize a habitable planet circling this star, which is slightly brighter and older than our sun? What challenges face those who settle a more luminous star? 

Implanted mobile phones
What if a mobile phone simply could be implanted in your body, say in your hand? Apps on the phone could be used to track your health and determine your location, and you never would have to worry about misplacing your phone again (unless you got cut up in a car accident).

Intelligent buildings
What if each building had an artificial personality that communicated with people to ensure human comfort and regular maintenance? The building also uses UV and ionizing technologies for sterilization and zap insects with laser-based devices.

Sleep exams
What if a small sensor could be placed on your head to determine if your mind was showing indications of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, schizophrenia and more? The sensor would monitor your brain waves, which could be run through an app on your computer.

Exoskeletal casts
What if instead of plaster casts we wore a lightweight exoskeletal cast that was modeled on 3D imaging of the limb’s shape and an X-ray of the fracture suffered? Could these casts be used for other purposes than to heal a fracture?

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5 Writing Prompts for Science Fiction Writers

Science 00000000000000000t fiction stories typically arise from a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or faster-than-light spacecraft; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific experiment run by aliens to determine the meaning of life” or “The government outlaws books.” The author then asks “What if?” exploring how the world with this novum is different than ours.

Among the problems of many novice science fiction writers is instead of introducing a new novum they rely on used furniture – that is, they borrow novums from popular SF series. After all, how many novels have you read that use starships exploring the galaxy for the Earth-based Federation? Barely changing names to appear as if you are not appropriating – a starcraft seeking M-class worlds for the Earth-centered Alliance – still doesn’t cut it as original or fully using the potential that science fiction offers to examine our culture or humanity.

To help SF writers, here are some novums of potential near-future inventions from which stories could be built:

Future workplaces
What if in the future people worked in warehouse-like centers in which they used banks of 3D printers to create products ordered online and then distributed them locally by drone? What would a day in this workplace be like?

J. Herschel 5173 A colonization
What if future space explorers decided to colonize a planet orbiting this K-type star about 20 light years from Earth? K-type stars are thought to be ideal places to find habitable worlds as they are warm enough that planets in a habitable zone wouldn’t be tidally locked, they are long-lived (15-30 billion years rather than our sun’s 10 billion years), and are far more commonplace than G-type stars like our own sun.

Permanent sunblock
What if you could receive a one-time treatment of sunblock that embedded a treatment of SPF 30 in your skin? You would receive “booster treatments” of it through the years. How does this change our culture?

Thermodynamic coffee
What if food-grade stones could capture excess heat and then disseminate it, so that a cup of coffee or tea will remain warm? What are other potential uses of these stones?

Virtual vacation
What if you could take a vacation in the comfort of a holographic environment? You would essentially rent a room for a week and enjoy the wonders of Disneyland, the Egyptian pyramids, or Mars in this virtual environment. How would you be provided with food/drink?

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5 Writing Prompts for Killer SF Stories

Science fiction Spaceship-2057420_1280 stories typically arise from a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or faster-than-light spacecraft; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific experiment run by aliens to determine the meaning of life” or “The government outlaws books.” The author then asks “What if?” exploring how the world with this novum is different than ours.

Among the problems of many novice science fiction writers is instead of introducing a new novum they rely on used furniture – that is, they borrow novums from popular SF series. After all, how many novels have you read that use starships exploring the galaxy for the Earth-based Federation? Barely changing names to appear as if you are not appropriating – a starcraft seeking M-class worlds for the Earth-centered Alliance – still doesn’t cut it as original or fully using the potential that science fiction offers to examine our culture or humanity.

To help SF writers, here are some novums of potential near-future inventions from which stories could be built:

Biometric tattoos
What if we wore sensors, implanted beneath our skin, that could monitor our bodies for when we are having health problems? If you were having a stroke, for example, the sensor automatically would call for an ambulance and give your location to them.

Body heat-powered buildings
What if excess body heat in buildings could be pulled into a ventilation system and used to heat water that in turn warms those buildings? How does this sustainable energy innovation affect society?

Neural driving
What if you could drive your car with your mind? Your neural impulses would be linked to the car’s computer so that you literally could think what it should do. What other applications might this technology have (such as changing the room temperature or the television channel)?

3D Fingerprints
Current fingerprint technology is based on a 2D image of the print. What if we could upscale that to 3D fingerprint readers, in which the structures underneath the skin are read? How would forgers attempt to break this?

36 Ophiuchi AB colonization
What if future space explorers attempt to colonize this binary star system? What challenges would they face on a planet orbiting an orange K-type star?

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5 Prompts for Science Fiction Writers

Science fiction 00000000000000000y stories typically arise from a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or faster-than-light spacecraft; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific experiment run by aliens to determine the meaning of life” or “The government outlaws books.” The author then asks “What if?” exploring how the world with this novum is different than ours.

Among the problems of many novice science fiction writers is instead of introducing a new novum they rely on used furniture – that is, they borrow novums from popular SF series. After all, how many novels have you read that use starships exploring the galaxy for the Earth-based Federation? Barely changing names to appear as if you are not appropriating – a starcraft seeking M-class worlds for the Earth-centered Alliance – still doesn’t cut it as original or fully using the potential that science fiction offers to examine our culture or humanity.

To help SF writers, here are some novums of potential near-future inventions from which stories could be built:

AI corporation
What if an artificial intelligence gained the status of a corporation? What affect would this have on the economy?

Night glasses
What if in the evening you could don glasses that allowed you to see as if it were daylight, sort of the opposite of sunglasses that block the sun? Are there situations when people wouldn’t wear them? What dangers might exist when people do wear them at night?

Retail-less urban landscape
How does our urban landscape change when retailers no longer exist, as everything is delivered via drones from warehouses to consumers? When downtown stores and malls are merely office spaces, how do parks change as a place for people to congregate?

Sniffing computers
What if your computer came with a sense of smell? If it could detect spoiled food, the level of your illness, and toxic material, how would this change your life?

Thinking teeth
What if a thin, invisible sensor could be tattooed to your teeth to detect dangerous bacteria? When it detected plaque buildup, cavities or infection, it would automatically set up an appointment with your dentist.

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5 Sci-fi Writing Prompts That Will Motivate You

Science fiction Space-telescope-532989_1920stories typically arise from a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or faster-than-light spacecraft; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific experiment run by aliens to determine the meaning of life” or “The government outlaws books.” The author then asks “What if?” exploring how the world with this novum is different than ours.

Among the problems of many novice science fiction writers is instead of introducing a new novum they rely on used furniture – that is, they borrow novums from popular SF series. After all, how many novels have you read that use starships exploring the galaxy for the Earth-based Federation? Barely changing names to appear as if you are not appropriating – a starcraft seeking M-class worlds for the Earth-centered Alliance – still doesn’t cut it as original or fully using the potential that science fiction offers to examine our culture or humanity.

To help SF writers, here are some novums of potential near-future inventions from which stories could be built:

Deuterium mining
What if city-sized communities floated on the oceans to mine deuterium from seawater for fusion fuel? What would life be like in such a community?

Geoneutrino satellites
What if space-based geoneutrino telescopes allow high-resolution imaging of the Earth’s interior? What positive effects does this yield for mankind?

Microwave-powered rockets
What if gyrotron microwave arrays could beam light rockets into orbit? How does this dramatic reduction in the cost of leaving the planet open up space exploration?

Optogenetics
What if optogenetics – the use of light to control neurons in living cells – allows disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, autism and schizophrenia to be cured? How do those who suffered from such diseases reintegrate themselves into society?

Sigma Draconis colonization
What if a habitable planet were found orbiting this nearby but old star? Would the expedition find the ruins of an ancient civilization there?

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5 Writing Prompts for SciFi Writers

Science fiction Spaceship-2057420_1280 stories typically arise from a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or faster-than-light spacecraft; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific experiment run by aliens to determine the meaning of life” or “The government outlaws books.” The author then asks “What if?” exploring how the world with this novum is different than ours.

Among the problems of many novice science fiction writers is instead of introducing a new novum they rely on used furniture – that is, they borrow novums from popular SF series. After all, how many novels have you read that use starships exploring the galaxy for the Earth-based Federation? Barely changing names to appear as if you are not appropriating – a starcraft seeking M-class worlds for the Earth-centered Alliance – still doesn’t cut it as original or fully using the potential that science fiction offers to examine our culture or humanity.

To help SF writers, here are some novums of potential near-future inventions from which stories could be built:

Diamond batteries
What if nuclear waste were placed in artificial diamonds that convert radiation into electricity? How does this new power source alter society?

Genetronics
What if self-assembling microelectronics, made from genetic material, lead to DNA-based supercomputers smaller than a laptop? How does this change our electronics devices and hence our culture?

Holographic pets
What if AI-based holographs were programmed to be pets? How would this alter people’s perception of reality?

70 Ophiuchi AB colonization
What if habitable planets circled both stars of this binary star system and were the sites of human colonization effort? What challenges would they face in planets orbiting K-type stars?

Super-antivirals
What if broad-spectrum antivirals, based on the ISG15 mutation and other genetic therapies, become widely available? How does the lack of influenza, HIV, herpes and hepatitis in society change our perspectives on those diseases and people who suffer from them?

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5 Science Fiction Novum Writing Prompts

Science fiction Environment-2443922_1920 stories typically arise from a novum, a scientifically plausible concept that is a “reality” in the tale. The novum might be an mechanical device like robot servants, artificial intelligence, or faster-than-light spacecraft; it also can be a hypothetical idea such as “The Earth is a scientific experiment run by aliens to determine the meaning of life” or “The government outlaws books.” The author then asks “What if?” exploring how the world with this novum is different than ours.

Among the problems of many novice science fiction writers is instead of introducing a new novum they rely on used furniture – that is, they borrow novums from popular SF series. After all, how many novels have you read that use starships exploring the galaxy for the Earth-based Federation? Barely changing names to appear as if you are not appropriating – a starcraft seeking M-class worlds for the Earth-centered Alliance – still doesn’t cut it as original or fully using the potential that science fiction offers to examine our culture or humanity.

To help SF writers, here are some novums of potential near-future inventions from which stories could be built:

Carbon-breathing batteries
What if electrochemical cells sucked in CO2 to generate power for our many electronic devices or lithium-air batteries that utilize oxygen to generate power? How will this affect the popularity of electric cars?

Designer antibiotics
What if we developed drugs to destroy very specific forms of bacteria rather than use drugs hitting a wide-swath of microbes (which happens to cause bacteria not being targeted to evolve into superbugs)? Will this stop superbugs or bacteriological weapons from working?

40 Eridani A expedition
What if we found a planet orbiting this star in its habitable zone? An expedition to a terrestrial planet around this star might conduct studies to determine of there is a geological record of the red giant winds from 40 Eridani C before it became a white dwarf; ice ages due to the dusty space caused by Star C's red giant phase is one possibility.

Malapert Mountain South Pole Multi-Spectral Observatory
What if at the bottom of the moon we installed a 100m spinning ionic liquid mirror telescope so that we could see the surface of extrasolar planets? How do the discoveries made by the observatory alter human perceptions about our place in the universe?

Volcano mining
What if we are able to mine previous metals and minerals from ocean volcanos, which are rich with such resources? How could this be made economically feasible?

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