"Okay, here's the scenario. You are a crew member on a starship."
"Space travel is slow, you'll be stuck with your crewmates a long time."
"So we must get along."
"Yes. Communicate, listen, share limited resources."
"I can do that. What's the starship called?"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories
** The subject deserves a long post, but in short:
All fiction, but especially genre fiction, builds on and plays with ideas and concepts conceived by earlier writers, used and told in new ways.
"Spaceship Earth" was a concept first (I think) invented by Buckminster Fuller in the 1960s, and by now a quite well-known trope, often used in pop-science TV programs.
** A lot of my stories use genre tropes, because that saves space. So if you recognise an idea in a story from somewhere else, you're probably right (or both riff off an older story).
Having said that, it is important to recognise that an idea does not make a story, and that how a story is told is generally more important than the idea(s) expressed by it, in terms of the impact the story has on the reader/listener. 2/2 **
@MicroSFF thanks for the perspective !
@MicroSFF 'kay, well done! this one really cracked me up! thanks!
@MicroSFF Buckminster Fuller!
@MicroSFF Did they succeed?
@MicroSFF Wow, that hits home.
@MicroSFF oh, what a dull name
@MicroSFF this is a Thievery song.
@MicroSFF If you get too many questions - maybe create a second account that provides links?
TVtropes should have all you need…
I know people need distractions these days, but sending unprepared people to TV tropes is a bit extreme, isn't it?
Seriously though, I never know before posting what people don't know, and finding the correct links sounds like a lot of work.
@MicroSFF See it that way - the people following the links have the time for TVTropes😉
Seriously, though, if I link TV Tropes in anything I write, I always provide a prominent warning next to the link. It really is that dangerous.
"So we must get along"
"There's 8 billion of people in the crew, there's no way everyone will get along everyone else"
@MicroSFF are we there yet?
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