A New Grammar for Science Fiction

Science Fiction is no longer a novelty.

We do not want to read Science Fiction because it is set in the future. Science Fiction must offer some deeper, truer view of ourselves and our place in the cosmos.


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Speculative Career Planning for Writers, Part 2

Projects in Future-Historical Irrelevance for Contemporary Writers:

1) Restrict physical copies of your works to specially-commissioned, hand-written copies. Learn trade skills in calligraphy, ancient manuscript techniques, illustration, etc. Sell at prohibitively high prices.

2) Restrict transmission of your work to audio recordings. Use Soundcloud or similar site. Periodically replace files with slightly different versions, or change titles but not content. 

3) Do this but with cassette tape, cd-r or even reel-to-reel. Do each performance live, making textual changes ranging from minor to major. 

4) Publish each story under a different name, making as little effort to connect these names as possible. If asked, admit to one and deny another, and admit to names you have not actually used. These can be names which appear nowhere, or the names of your peers. In the latter case, be prepared to mitigate against allegations of plagiarism. 

5) Write each story as a dialogue between two professors about a speculative scientific concept. Have one view proven by an event at the end of the story which is itself not justified.

Speculative Career Planning for Writers, Part 1

Projects in Future-Historical Relevance for Contemporary Writers:

1) Emulate various ancient techniques for tablet- and scroll-making, focusing on those which demonstrate a high degree of resilience. Bury in desert, cave, or other native environment. 

2) Consider translations, particularly Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, Bantu languages, and ancient Greek or Latin. Modern American English may not be the easiest thing to grasp, depending on circumstances. 

3) Find ways to sneak paper manuscripts into books at highly-secure locations, such as the Library of Congress, the Vatican, or the Bodleian. 

4) Consider a return to the use of pseudoepigraphic writing. Causing confusion for future readers is a way of imploring interest. Mitigate against fallout in the present, as this will likely be seen simply as forgery.