How would the world be different with the introduction or expansion of a particular technology (Jules Verne thought about submarines and Captain Nemo long before they were real)? What if humanity encounters aliens (I don’t have to tell you but just in case it doesn’t strike. How about the blue skinned Navi of Pandora!)? What if a particular event in history had turned out differently (say dinosaurs were never wiped out with that collision)? What if a current social issue takes a particular direction (Think euthanasia)? Just answer one question WHAT IF?
Science fiction has come a long way since its early days, when Isaac Asimov defined it as “that branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance upon human beings”. Science fiction is not just concerned with science but with consequences. It asked “what if?” . It’s basic premise laid in finding what lay between an idea and reality. No wonder then that Pamela Sargent dubbed it “the literature of ideas.”
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a “techie,” or have a degree in quantum mechanics, to write sci fi. All you need is a different perspective to simple things, perhaps an “alien” perspective.
Are you someone like Larry Niven who used the unicorn myth in The Flight of the Horse or prefer Alan Dean Foster who utilized Navajo sand paintings in his novel Cyber Way? Do you belong to the plain Asimov cult? Or are you someone who believes in your own power of vivid imagination giving wings to the dreamer in you? Whatever category you may fall we present you the Kurukshetra Online Science Fiction Writing contest.
Are you a people-watcher? Do you pay attention when someone asks, “I wonder what they’d do if…?” Do you tuck weird facts into the back of your mind or study pictures? Collect those seeds, and let them grow in the back of your mind. With what finally blooms make sure you send them over to firstname.lastname@example.org
You’ve got an idea? Good! Now it’s time you sent them over to us! Visit www.kurukshetra.org.in for more details.