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JRaye posted this thread...
Dec. 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm

This doesn't even entirely relate to the novel I'm writting, but it would be very helpful. I'm wondering what you guys sterotypically think of when you think of the future. Flying cars, hollograms, hoverboards? Anything like that would be helpful to me. Again my novel doesn't revolve around this, but it'd be nice to hear some feedback. Thanks guys :)

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BlackbeltJames replied...
Dec. 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

When writing about the future you have to think about society and how it will grow, not only due to population but technological advances and how we overcome the problems we face.

It depends on how far into the future your going, but the closer to the present it is the more relatable it is to your audience. I wouldn't suggest going too far into the future unless something causes the human race or whatever species to not evolve, freeze in time, or something that causes devolution. i.e. water levels rise so we have to live on man-made floating devices joined to boats etc.

Think about how the ever-growing population will be sorted. Will there be class differences? If so how does this affect the economy and the richness of the planet. What will the planet look like on the surface, and how will the classes be divided? Think of where there is space to be filled.After this then you have to think baout transport - which of course relates to technology.

Isaac Asimov is very good at creating an intelligent and well designed planet that functions realistically. I suggest you read The Caves Of Steel to get a better understanding of what I mean. As he was a sociologist as well he understood society a lot better, which he also combined within the Foundation series. Within this he showed how soceity can evolve or de-evolve, this is not only a good novel but a good way to educate yourslef on how sci-fi based worlds can change.

I hope this will help, and good luck on your novel, I've also been writing a novel for years and I'm still adjusting it to suit this knowledge, so its best to add it as soon as you can, as it is the basis for your entire novel. :)


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NDewayne replied...
Dec. 9, 2013 at 8:41 am

What I typically think of the future is just about all what you listed, but there is more to that. What I think of the future is aliens from different planets, what they would look like, if they had a totally different language that is not of this earth, stuff like that. I also think of new technologies like the hoverboard, flying cars…ah hem DALORIAN! I think Starships, like on Star Trek or Star Wars. I think about the type of society that there would be like if racial issues came back, or if people wear their shirts backwards, or if people have some new weird type of religion, ridiculous things like that. I think and wonder if there are anything that happened to the earth like natural disasters that effects the world immensely, or if the world has a crazy virus that kills everybody like in the J.B. Stephen’s book series “The Big Empty.” I honestly think in all angles of possibility that could happen. Hope you do very well on the story you are writing, and good luck! :-)

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JRaye replied...
Dec. 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Thanks for pointing this out to me. Really, all I expected was a list of futuristic stuff, but you're right. It is basically the foundation of what I'm trying to do. See, I'm trying to come up with a future where the country's divided by differences in money. Almost half and half - the rich and middleclass. I do realize I have to put more thought into it. Anyways, thanks for introducing me to Isaac Asimov (I was so excited to find out he wrote iRobot!) and have a good day :)

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JRaye replied...
Dec. 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Lol that last was supposed to be mainly for Blackbelt - thanks for your feedback too, Dewayne, appriciate it! :)

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BlackbeltJames replied...
Dec. 12, 2013 at 1:08 pm

haha, your welcome. He is definitley worth reading. irobot is merely a collection of short stories, the film merely copied the name as quite a few influences came from the book the caves of steel with the detective who doesnt like robots etc. You may have also watched the bientennial man staring robin williams, that film is based on the story of the same name by Asimov. But thats just if you want robots in your story or your interests, but for a society foundation and caves are the best to really learn, especially if you want to manipulate it like he does in foundation.

Of course these detailed concepts take a lot of work, but don't put yourself down I do sociology so it makes sense to me, but over time you will get what i mean and become quicker at creating all of the elements. good luck :)

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CrashBagPhoto replied...
Dec. 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm

I think post-apocalyptic... you know: war, gas shortages, famine, goverment collapse, the whole sheebang. Because really, that's where we are heading! : p

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Tabitha1233 replied...
Dec. 16, 2013 at 4:59 pm

I personally think of like a combined government, all ruling the world together, as well as world peace and just a better place in general! Hope this helps :)

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