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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.

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!

25 comments on “Embracing the Future – Tale Weavers Prompt – December 18, 2014

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  2. the muscleheaded blog
    December 19, 2014

    oooooooo — ultra cool 🙂

    • J
      December 19, 2014

      Isn’t Bastet’s photo awesome?!?!

      • the muscleheaded blog
        December 19, 2014

        Yes, I totally dig it. (Listening to the Brubeck you sent me)
        Totally cool.
        I love vintage sci-fi pulp art !!!!!

      • J
        December 19, 2014

        I really need to add more sci fi pulp to my own blog. Have a few pieces in the sci-fi section but not nearly enough. Really have to give those guys (and gals) credit for illustrating the un-illustrate-able. (spelling?)

        Especially back before the days of computer animation and illustration.

      • the muscleheaded blog
        December 19, 2014

        YES — there are truly some exceptional pieces of vintage sci-fi art out there. 🙂

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  4. julespaige
    December 19, 2014

    Time travel and sci-fi. I just saw a news article were one of the photos sent back from space where thought to be bones… but they were just rocks.

    That’s what’s missing on TV a really good Sci-fi series. But then there are always books. Big fan of The Twilight Zone.

    Just an Elfje series today:

    • J
      December 20, 2014

      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 🙂

      • julespaige
        December 20, 2014

        I like Dr. Who – I just can’t watch him every day.
        I might enjoy reading him though. 🙂

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  6. phylor
    December 20, 2014

    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!

    • J
      December 20, 2014

      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 🙂

      • phylor
        December 21, 2014

        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.

      • J
        December 22, 2014

        I agree — to me, Matt Smith IS the doctor. (Though Tom Baker is a close #2). 😉

        This is Steampunk — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk
        And this is China Mieville — would really recommend the Bas-Lag series. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Mi%C3%A9ville#Bas-Lag_series

      • phylor
        December 22, 2014

        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.

      • J
        December 22, 2014

        Oh, I loved that Tom Baker scene — I think it was for the 50th anniversary show. 🙂

        Glad to share the links 😀

      • phylor
        December 22, 2014

        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!

      • J
        December 22, 2014

        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! 🙂

  7. phylor
    December 20, 2014

    PS: Get several retro tv channels so I’m catching up on Twilight Zone episodes I missed. Waiting for Outer Limits.

    • J
      December 20, 2014

      OH! LOVE Twilight Zone and Outer Limits!!!!!
      The Gremlin Episode has got to be one of the best. 😉

      • phylor
        December 21, 2014

        Yes!!! Captain Kirk meets Gizmo!
        Wish they would stop trying to remake shows and movies and think that inserting CGI makes it more hip and better!

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  9. Suzanne
    December 21, 2014

    Thanks for this prompt Jen. I’ve used to write about some ideas I am currenly working with for my new book. http://artifactsandfictions.com/2014/12/21/embracing-the-future/

    • J
      December 21, 2014

      Oh cool! Good luck with the new book — 🙂

      Off to read the post —

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