The Season is Open
Sunday, January 2, 2011 10:53:00 PM
Many entries in the coming year will be describing ideas for sci-fi stories which I, most likely, will never write. Why? It takes more than an interesting idea to write a good book. You need detailed, believable characters and not cardboard figures saying author's lines. You need a dynamic progression that would make the reader want to know what happens next. You need a writing style that accommodates the story. These are the things that make the difference between a writer and a scribbler, although the latter might have just as many ideas as the former. Ideas are a worth a dime a dozen, and only a compact presentation of a pure idea in a blog format might justify the kilobytes of infospace it consumes.
I'll take the opportunity to mention that all ideas published here are free to be used without even asking for permission. I'll be glad to know that my essay has inspired someone to write a story or a novel. Should such a thing happen, I'd be grateful for an opportunity to read what came out of it.
So the season is open. Stay tuned, and you'll find out, among other things:
- about the psychological issues in ghosts;
- about an unconventional way to study an alien language;
- about nanotechnology used by smugglers;
- why physicists don't believe in magic.