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November 14, 2014 at 9:55 am

‘Perhaps Aliens Have Stolen Your Creativity?’ Alumni Have the Answer

From Jules Verne and H.G. Wells to Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Ursula LeGuin, and William Gibson, science fiction is one of the most enduring and popular genres. Whether on the page or on TV and film (Dr. Who, the Star Trek franchise), it grips the imagination. For a science-fiction author, the dream is to go boldly where no one has gone before, but sometimes the writing seems to be going nowhere at all—and future, alternate, parallel, or speculative worlds just won’t come into focus.

100 Prompts for Science Fiction Writers“Perhaps aliens have stolen your creativity, leaving you at the mercy of nefarious writer’s block. Don’t fear: assistance is closer than you think!”  says Ohio University alum Jarod Anderson in his blog.

Anderson and his wife and co-author, Leslie Anderson, 100 Prompts for Science Fiction Writers, available now now at bookstores everywhere and at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

“This guide helps show the way, with 100 compelling story prompts sorted into seven categories: The Pulp, Interstellar, Biological, Aftermath, Futurescapes, Tech, and Another Time. From alien invasions to cyberpunk and beyond, these fun and creative plot ideas will challenge your craft and grow your skill as a writer,” writes Anderson.

Anderson also writes about writer’s block on his blog. See Interrogating an Idea into a Story.

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