I've created this thread with the goal of creating a believable sci fi narrative/universe/setting. One that can hold up to logical reasoning and scientific criticism. I've included part of my post from another thread, Sci-fi tropes that annoy you. The goal is not necessarily to create something dystopian, or even utopian, but to create something believable. Obviously, this would be characterized as hard sci fi. We should aspire to create something that is not only as scientifically accurate as possible, but also has the capability of being an entertaining piece of fiction. One with great characters, great drama, perhaps even exciting action.
Obviously, we cannot be 100% scientifically accurate about everything, but the goal here is to create something that will be far more plausible than most mainstream sci fi. The setting would preferably be near enough in the future that we can apply certain predictions from the timeline with reasonable certainty. For instance, we can all be reasonably sure that within the next 20-50 years, augmented/virtual reality and digital telepathy are not far-fetched prospects.
The first step will be to decide on a time period and a focus. For instance, a detective in a major metropolis in the early 22nd century. Or a VR designer in the same period. Maybe an ensemble cast, even. I'm going to cast my vote for late 21st, early 22nd century, in a setting that is on the leading edge of technological development, ie a major city. Feel free to suggest other settings, as this is a collaborative process. I welcome all criticisms and suggestions to my own ideas, and I encourage everyone else to do the same.
In having the full support of the community working together to create this piece of fiction, we can present many criticisms and address them early in the design process. I cannot wait to see what many intelligent minds working together can come up with.
Suggesting this makes me think of something. In the book, Present Shock, the author discusses how, in the future, even today, everything is right now. All of your friends from every stage of your life are on your Facebook page. Aided by the ubiquity of information at our fingertips, all trends are present and ongoing, everything retro is in style at the same time. Everything is now.
With this being said, also consider the fact that with virtual reality, all of our fantasies are fulfilled as well. We are not very far from that future. It is very possible we will attain that reality before any major breakthroughs in manned spaceflight. And even then, once we have made those breakthroughs, who will care? Who will care what some robot has done on Saturn, when they're living their dream, quite literally, having all of their wildest fantasies fulfilled at a whim in virtual reality?
Historically, computer advancement in mainstream sci fi has been far less visionary than the space trravel aspects. 50 years after the debut of Star Trek, we have already surpassed the communicator and the computers on board the Starship Enterprise, but we still have not set foot on the closest planet to our own. Even its followup in the 80's, Star Trek: The Next Generation is looking dated. Why communicate using a badge on your chest for all to hear, when you can communicate "telepathically" and discreetly with no obviously visible technological apparatus involved? That reality is feasible within the next 20 years, far earlier than the aforementioned series, which takes place in the 24th century.
Storytelling will have to evolve around these technological advances. Granted, the fiction of a time is a reflection of the time, displaying in hi-def glory whatever fad the public is fixated on at that particular point in human history. My goal here is to predict the next advances in fiction, which will undoubtedly be molded around whatever technological breakthroughs next become widely available to the public.
In predicting that advance, we can be ahead of the curve. We can produce fiction that is far less susceptible to Zeerust, or at least has a newer, shinier coat of paint, and will last many years to come, even as the current tropes fall into disrepair and decay.
With this website, we have everything we need to produce great fiction that also has a great chance of accurately depicting the future.
That being established, what stories can be told in the world that we see on our future timeline? What drama can unfold in a world of plenty, or a world of tumultuous change? How will we depict those stories and still be on the cutting edge, withstanding the criticism of even the most jaded of experts?
Edited by zen_mutiny, 24 April 2013 - 06:23 PM.