11 Exhausted SF Tropes You Should Avoid. Really.

I don’t write a lot of SciFi (yet?) but I appreciate that there are authors out there who are turning a critical eye to sexism and racism in genre fiction. This isn’t new, but it should still be reiterated and spread as much as possible. Because ideas have consequences, and the consequences of some of these older ideas have reverberated far and wide.

Carrie Cuinn

Some ideas have been done to death in science fiction. We all know there are no new ideas anymore, and what matters most is the execution of the idea you stole have, but there are a few things that are not only over-done, they’re either incredibly stupid or offensive, as well. Here’s a partial list of tropes I’d love to never see again:

Stupid/Lazy Writing

  1. Funky Alien Language: your aliens from across the galaxy speak perfect English, except for a few “untranslatable” slang phrases? Or the language is made entirely of clicks and apostrophes? Hey, I know! All of your proper names are made with the 5, 8, or 10 point letters from Scrabble. Worst yet is when all of the men have harsh, hard-sounding names, and all of  the women (or other effeminate species) have soft, vowel- and f/l/sh-heavy names. This is an instant clue that you’re dealing…

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1000 words go by pretty fast….

Short Story Saturday is really Micro Fiction Saturday…and I’ll tell you, it’s a bitch. 

Going with flash fiction challenge that I linked to on Friday, it took me 1000 words just to get to my chosen sentence! Whaaaaaa??? and I’m not even close to done with the arc of the story!?!?!?! whaaaaaaa??? 

So. 1000 words were written. 

Of shit. 

and uselessness. 

Time to try again. REWRITE SUNDAY arrives soon! 

but I need to sleep for now. 

Excerpts of what I wrote that sucked and hopefully of what I’ll write that’s better tomorrow night (before Game of Thrones. Because clearly, life is gonna stop for Game of Thrones). 

Until then, good night!