The Future is Unwritten
For years I ranted about the lack of development or progress in Math, Science, Technology and Space Exploration in America. I found that to be a useless approach– it didn’t bear out any results. Had it been someone else, I would have admonished them to “do something about it.“
What can one person do? The answer: influence a future generation to dare to dream about a tomorrow.
How can one person of limited worldly influence have any impact on a future generation? The solution is not to accept the limitation and instead increase one’s sphere of worldly influence. There are obvious means to achieve that wider audience: enter politics, become famous, give lectures and/ or start teaching. I’m unfortunately not in a position to utilize any of those means. But there is another path…
For almost 150 years, science fiction writers (Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Roddenberry, Verne, Wells, etc.) have heavily influenced science and research
. They told stories that captured and expanded the imaginations of children and young adults, introducing them to new, radical concepts such as the Three Laws of Robotics; distopian societies; every day life aboard spacefaring vessels; time travel; and the exploration of planets outside our solar system and the beings that inhabited them. These children wanted to know more, wanted to know how, and grew up to be Scientists and Explorers.
In response to the challenge: do something about it!,
I have tasked myself with creating such a novel.
This page is dedicated to the self-challenge of Writing in the Scafverse, including recording the progress on the self study course that I have constructed, and a home for the short stories and novels that will be forthcoming.
The Future is (Un)Finished.
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I intend to write at least one full length novel (90K-150K words), a handful of short stories (5K-7.5K words), and many works of flash fiction (a complete story in one thousand or fewer words.) (500-1000 words).
Capt Oliver Lost His Drive
Rare Earth Metal: Steampunk vs Wizard, Short
The Tunguska Event, Short
Captain Oliver’s Ship is Found, Crashed, Short
Jump From Space
Full of Stars
Space Scape Sailboats
- Story Writing, Top-Down Overview (204 hours; 7 books);
- Writing Structure (322 hours; 15 books);
- Thematic to Plot (283 hours; 7 books)
- Language, Spelling and Grammar (74 hours; 4 books).
- Plus: iTunes U (49 hours; 14 courses).
- Plus: Podcasts (349 hours; 5 Podcasts).
- TOTAL: 343 of 1280 hours completed. (27%)
- Semester I & II: Story Writing, Top-Down Overview; Writing Structure; and Language, Spelling and Grammar (Core/ Prerequisite Coursework)
- Semester III: Creative Writing/ Short Story Workshop (Writing, Revision & Editing; Intro to Publishing)
- Semester IV: Thematic to Plot (Advanced Research Coursework)
- Semester V: Creative Writing– Fiction Novel (Advanced Fiction Writing/ Study of craft and revision, with the goal of producing a long work of sophisticated fiction)
Writing Course Spreadsheet (expand with this link)