deldaisy wrote:Q.... most science fiction is a 'what if...' scenario. Hence a lot of scientists and academics write it too.
Good writing is usually about what you are most familiar with.
I have mixed feelings about you writing for the comp. Last year you put so much pressure on yourself we lost the you we know and love.
I have NO doubt you can write... remember... you wrote that summary for the book series for ne... I am being totally selfish... don't want to lose you from here. You need to research other writing comps. The Gold Coast has one every year. There are heaps here in all and all around the world.
Quatermass wrote:The problem is with those examples is that I am not actually interested in exploring a strict alternate history where JFK screwed up with the Cuban Missile Crisis, or for that matter where he didn't get his head blown off. I want something with a taste of actual science fiction behind it, something a little more fantastic than mundane history, even if it isn't our own. Otherwise, it's not interesting enough for me to commit to it.
Why can't you work in a plausible evolutionary concept that does allow the key aspect - Jack Cohen (of Science of the Discworld fame) always cites the 'common ancestor' of all land vertebrates as being responsible for our having such awful respiratory probs because our airways are in front of our digestive tract (or is it the other way around?Q wrote:Let's just say that the character was based on a mythological creature originally, and that being transferred to a realistic scenario prevents a key aspect of that creature from being used. And no, it's not a dragon.
Jan Van Quirm wrote:Look at this way - that ship that just sailed wasn't your ship!
deldaisy wrote:Jan Van Quirm wrote:Look at this way - that ship that just sailed wasn't your ship!
The way its been going lately it was most probably MY bloody ship.....
Bet it heading to Tahiti or somewhere gorgeous as well.....
deldaisy wrote:Hi Q.... Guess what? I finished that book you gave me..... A Civil Campaign. Quite liked it too.... always a good sign when I finish a book and go back to reread the first chapter to see what I missed before I know what I know now. It was a strange science fiction..... more a comedy/bodice ripper. I thought it was a bit "light" and all the VOR names annoyed the hell out of me.... hated that about Tolstoy too.... but I discover I am interested in where they came from and if there are books after this one in the series.... thats always a good sign huh.
Thank you for introducing me to a new author. I know it took me a while to get into it.... but its the first book I have read in ages apart from Snuff.... huge leaps.
Jan Van Quirm wrote:Why can't you work in a plausible evolutionary concept that does allow the key aspect - Jack Cohen (of Science of the Discworld fame) always cites the 'common ancestor' of all land vertebrates as being responsible for our having such awful respiratory probs because our airways are in front of our digestive tract (or is it the other way around?
). His point is that if another creature that didn't have that particular configuration had got out of the primeval oceans and was able to breathe oxygen out of water first, then maybe we wouldn't have such dire ENT problems or get pneumonia and coughs and so on...
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