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Re: Scifi Writing Contest
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2017, 08:06:21 PM »
This one's for you @tebakutis

https://www.freedomwithwriting.com/freedom/uncategorized/4500-short-story-contest/

Interesting, but nothing is springing to mind. It's kind of an odd theme to write a story for. Like, is it just supposed to be set in a world where the environment is all fixed and climate change has been handled, and that's just a background detail? Or should it be a story about making that so? Like, could I write a story about a superhero who has the power to make US politicians stop denying climate change for profit? :0

I dunno. I don't have anything that fits, really, but I'll let thoughts percolate. Thanks for the head's up!

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Re: Scifi Writing Contest
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2017, 08:54:15 PM »
I would point to the details: a city, not the world or even a country (although that isn't ruled out); significant strides - this is the fun part. I can envision a county-level power plant that powers, employs, and enables a whole semi-suburban area.

What I can't envision is a story.
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Re: Scifi Writing Contest
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2017, 02:32:15 AM »
I am super excited about this!

I've actually been thinking a lot about infrastructure and how critical it is to world-building and wondering why it doesn't show up in more stories. Have you ever been to a small town public hearing for a wind farm? They can be full of drama.

One example of a story that I think fits under this theme starts with a bus mechanic. He's been around for a while and has seen more and more kids in his neighborhood getting asthma. He learns that it's due to pollution from vehicles and knows that the emissions controls systems on the vehicles aren't as good as people say they are. So, when he hears about an opportunity for his company to buy electric vehicles, he advocates for it, despite opposition.

This isn't really near-future, because it's already happening. However, I think it's an example of a potentially compelling story that addresses improving air quality.

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Re: Scifi Writing Contest
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2017, 03:58:54 AM »
Pretty interesting. And waaaay hard. Can change the thinking of mayors and such? Wow.
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