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CRWR 203 Lecture 14: CRWR 203 - Lecture 14 – Science Fiction

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University of British Columbia
Creative Writing
CRWR 203
Alison Acheson

Lecture 14 – Science Fiction The Plausible Impossible What is genre fiction? • genre fiction is typically understood as being plot-driven and commercialized, viewed as immersive and fast paces, yet escapist - written primarily for the purpose of entertainment • is frequently compared to the enduring substance of literary fiction which, as a result, is considered more “high-brow” and “serious” • many works bridge the gap between genre fiction and literary fiction, so it is important to remember athat excellent writing is neither limited to literary fiction nor absent from genre fiction categories Basic Genre Categories • Romance • Mystery • Crime • Horror • Thriller • Historical • Action Adventure • Science Fiction • Fantasy Science Fiction • fiction dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science on society or individuals or having a scientific factor as an essential orienting component • also referred to as Speculative Fiction • may be set in the future • may involve aliens Fantasy • imaginative fiction involving magic and adventure, especially in a setting other than the real world • relishes in the impossible • may be entirely diverged from reality • may steer clear of all scientific methods and rationales World Building and Internal Logic • infrastructure • political/cultural/geographical landscape • explore your fictional society from a diverse range of perspectives and avoid homogenous or “monolithic” groups • provide context for the central conflict (e.g. why are things happening now?) • allow for chaos and illogical characters etc. (this is different from internal logic) • engage senses • understand the relevance of your world’s past, present, and future trajectory to your story’s plot and characters Magic and Advanced Technology • can function very similarly, but differ in terms of label and degree of plausibility • must have very clear rules and limitations • make sure there are dangers, trade-offs, and/or inherent
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