The imagining of possible worlds is the meat and potatoes of science fiction writers. Science Fiction deals principally with the impact of actual or imagined science upon society or individuals. In speculative fiction this impact can be strictly technological (as in novels featuring robots or degrees of space exploration not yet possible) or it may be environmental (as in Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood).
Since deciding to become a Science Fiction writer, I have been surfing the web looking for any resource I can that I can use to help me become the best I can possibly be. Here are some of the most valuable websites I’ve found:
23 Valuable, Must-Visit Websites for Science Fiction Writers
Resources for Space-based Science Fiction
- NASA’s website provides a wealth of information and inspiration for Science Fiction writers. If you are looking to incorporate space exploration or general hi-tech aeronautical technology into your writing, you can find the latest tech news. There are also separate site sections on Mars exploration, the international space station and more.
- Do you find inspiration through images and videos of space? Get these along with the latest breaking news regarding space and space travel at Space.Com.
- Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson’s commercial space travel line, plans to ‘democratize’ space by giving more people the opportunity to experience space travel. Virgin Galactic’s website allows you to read about the technology behind the process, astronaut training and more.
- 10 Myths About Space Travel That Make Science Fiction Better explains 10 things that sci-fi movies frequently get wrong about the physics of space travel. Reading science FACT is crucial if you want to write Science Fiction that will please even the experts.
- The Academy for Future Science is a non-profit corporation that examines new scientific discoveries. You can find information on the latest space exploration discoveries, as well as information on the latest technology.
Science Fiction Research Sites
- The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide has an extensive timeline of Science Fiction, from precursors in ancient history to the present. Here you can obtain useful facts to strengthen your story.
- The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction is Kansas University’s online portal to all things sci-fi. Here you can find essays on the craft of writing Science Fiction along with other useful resources for aspiring Science Fiction writers.
- Writing the Future: A Timeline of Science Fiction is a useful article contextualizing modern Sci-Fi, written by Dr. Caroline Edwards, a lecturer at Birkbeck in London who specializes in Science Fiction among other subjects.
- Cornell University’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Guide is a useful list of encyclopedias and guides for Science Fiction writers and researchers. Reference works such as the Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages and the Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction are listed along with ISBN and other information, making it easy to find and order or borrow the book you need.
- The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is a free resource providing an A-Z of popular Science Fiction parables and themes, from aliens to zeppelins. Browsing this guide will give you a broad overview of possible subjects and inspirations for your own novels.
- SciFiSource.Com offers lists of the best TV shows to watch for inspiration, and you can also find information on events and organizations that provide networking opportunities for Science Fiction writers.
- Slice of Sci-Fi is a blog providing the latest news on the genre. TV and film news are alongside interviews with Science Fiction writers and links to podcasts for writers and readers of the genre.
- The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database was established by Texas A & M university’s libraries. It indexes more than 100,000 books in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres.
- Science in Science Fiction, Fact in Fantasy is a very useful resource for Science Fiction writers, put together by Science Fiction author and scientist Dan Koboldt. Find information about how you can correctly use scientific subjects such as biology and ecology, genetics and more in your speculative fiction.
General Resources and Science Fiction Writing Advice
- On SFF World you can read interviews with (and reviews of) authors who write Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror, and there is a discussion forum and articles on all things sci-fi.
- The Sci-Fi Writing subreddit on Reddit is a place where you can test out your plot or world-building ideas on other redditors and share links to your favourite Sci-Fi resources for writers.
- Turkey City Lexicon: A Primer for SF Workshops is a great guide to avoiding Science Fiction clichés that resulted from a series of writing workshops in Austin, Texas.
- The Hundred Best Sci-Fi Movies according to Time Out Magazine provides many viewing options for finding inspiration for your science fiction writing.
- Sci-Fi-O-Rama is a design and illustration blog focusing on all things Sci-Fi and fantasy.
- Paranormal Encyclopedia.Com is a free online encyclopedia that provides concise entries on everything from aliens to ‘Zermatism’ – the theory that all human culture derived from Easter Island.
- Sci-Fi Name Generator is a useful tool for generating names for Science Fiction characters, place names and common names to a specific group or clan.
- Roberta Osborn’s post on Using Invented Language In Your Novel offers practical pointers on creating a unique system of communication for a fictional tribe or alien race.
- 15 Creative Writing Prompts – the Speculative Fiction Edition consists of 15 succinct Science Fiction writing prompts that could set your inspiration off if you have yet to start writing a science fiction story.
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