Embracing the Future – Tale Weavers Prompt – December 18, 2014

Planet Stories, 1930s. Wikimedia.

Hello again!  This is Jen from Blog It or Lose It, filling in for Olodriel at the Tale Weaver Prompt.

This week we’re going to explore the wild world of science fiction!  Science Fiction prompts are few and far between at WordPress – which is a shame – because it embraces the future, change, possibilities, and improbabilities.

As Isaac Asimov once said,

“My own feeling is that science fiction, of all the different forms of literature, is the one that most easily accepts the notion of change. Things are changing very quickly, and any kid who thinks about it knows that the world in which he or she will be a grown-up — which he or she will be helping to run — will be considerably different from this one. Maybe better, maybe worse, but different. Science fiction explores the future world.”

Rowena Morrill. Dr. Isaac Asimov. Wikimedia.

If you don’t read (or watch) a lot of Sci-Fi you may be scratching your head.  Where to begin?

Here are some of the most common themes in Science Fiction:

Time – future, alternative timeline, or a past that differs from the historical record;

Setting – outer space (space flight), other worlds, subterranean earth;

Characters – aliens, androids, mutants, humanoid robots, possible human evolution;

Futuristic technology – teleportation, ray guns, humanoid computers;

Scientific principles – wormholes, time travel, faster-than-light travel;

Political / social systems – dystopian, post-scarcity, post-apocalyptic;

*  Paranormal abilities – mind control, telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation;

Other universes / dimensions and travel between them.

Photo by Georgia Koch
Photo (c) Bastet / GSK 2014

Your challenge is write a story or poem that places Bastet’s boat (above) within the framework of Science Fiction.  How?

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Time:  Can you time travel in this boat?

Setting:  Is this boat resting on a distant moon orbiting a distant planet – instead of Earth?

Characters:  Is this boat used by mutants / aliens / androids / robots / etc.?

*  Scientific Principles:  Did you land in this boat via wormhole?   Is this the center of a black hole?

*  Technology:  Can you teleport somewhere in this boat?  Is it actually a weapon? Or a healing device?

Poli-Sci:   Is this the aftermath of a disaster of apocalyptic proportions? Who’s allowed to use the boat?

* Paranormal:  Does someone control this boat with their mind?  Or manipulate people who use this boat?

* Dimensions: This boat exists in a parallel universe where everything is the same as Earth except ….?

Silver Spoon.  Multiverse.  Wikimedia.

Once you’re written your story or poem, tag it MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie and Tale Weaver’s Prompt. Then be sure to add your link to Mr. Linky.

Good luck!


    • They want to see bones, ruins – evidence of life of some sort — but — nothing yet. And it turns out that they may have limited their search for life a bit too much — evidently they think “water* isn’t the limiting factor — it’s a form of hydrogen – which throws the gates wide open.

      Dr. Who is a really great sci-fi series — don’t you think?

      off to read the elfje 🙂


  1. Thanks for the great prompt and Bastet’s amazing photograph.
    I liked Dr. Who until Amy and Rory were replaced. I don’t enjoy the replacement character, so haven’t watched the new Doctor. Sorry to those fans “who” have continued to follow his adventures.
    I write fantasy/fairy tales/story cycles mostly set in different versions of the past.
    I think I’ve read more sci fi than I’ve written (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, etc.) so this was an interesting experiment. Almost made flash fiction — at least under 300 even with the motto!


    • I know what you mean — Amy and Rory were magnificent — really MADE the show, imho. New companion just doesn’t do it for me. And while I do like Peter Capaldi’s version of the Doctor — he can be a bit abrasive and unlikable at times. To me, the Doctor was best as Matt Smith / Karen Gilliland. 😀

      I too read more sci-fi than I watch — latest I read was the Asimov “Rama” series. HG to the G is next on my Must Read list. And – have you read China Mieville? He’s wonderful — a great mix of sci fi / fantasy / poli sci / steampunk.

      Off to read your tale now 🙂


      • I’m so behind the times (read ancient) that I don’t even know what “steam punk” is!
        I have a soft spot for David Tennant (not in the British or American version of Broadchurch mind you) although Matt Smith is probably the ultimate Dr.


      • Loved Tom Baker’s scarf. It was nice they slipped him into one of the (or the last?) Matt Smith show.
        Thanks for the links — always ready to learn something new.


      • Just been reading your link to steampunk on Wikipedia (somehow, I got side-tracked by a Lovecraftian reference and jumped over to it. I read a lot of H.P. Lovecraft when I was a teenager, and it was interesting to revisit, and remember a different time in my life and my reading. I didn’t dare link to HP himself, or I’d be off to see what they had at B&N of his works.
        Any way back to steampunk — I love the idea, and will explore the author you suggested. And, now I understand the League of Remarkable (Gentle)Men — otherwise, it would still seem like a very strange movie, lol.
        I assume dieselpunk is either Mad Maxian, or a world run by diesel/oil machines?
        I should get ready for bed, so no more ????punk for now. Thanks again for the info!


      • I know what you mean about link-hopping — sometimes I mean to research something “really quickly” — and end up spending an evening going from site to site!

        Yes, as far as I can tell, DieselPunk is very Mad Max. Really hope you have the chance to visit China Mieville. Was really, really struck by the world he created and wish there were more Bas-Lag books 🙂

        Night-night! 🙂


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