HOW TO WRITE SCI-FI
Sci-Fi is sometimes misunderstood. It’s obviously science fiction meaning that it is fiction that uses science as its work-horse. It takes what we know about science and stretches it to its logical end and asks the what-if questions.
Sci-Fi needs two elements to make it work. Let’s list these.
1. Science that the plot revolves around
2. Conflicting ideas about the Science
Sci-Fi is unique from fantasy because there doesn’t have to be the one person who is considered the hero. That person can just be the antagonist. Think about Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The protag is not a hero. He just is the guy that you’re pulling for, but because of his experiment, he ruins the world.
But then there’s Star Wars where Luke is trying to save the galaxy. In this case, not only is he the protag, but he is also the hero. Just know that in sci-fi, the protag doesn’t necessarily have to be the of the hero archetype.
The plot must revolve around the science. Star Wars has the force. The Hunger Games has the Hunger Games which only happens because the Capitol has power over the districts. Inception has the inceptions. It all spins from the science.
Conflicting ideas about the science is important to add some flavor to the novel. In fact, Star Wars would have been awful without the dark side of the force. Something about hearing Darth Sidious say: “The Force is strongggg with youuu!!” just gives me chills, and I didn’t even like episodes 1, 2, & 3 that much.