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Near-Future Science Fiction Genre Rules

The following are suggested as writing rules. Authors are expected to comply with these rules to qualify under the Near Future Genre.

  • All events and actions are supported by current science or a reasonable extension of current science. For example, travel faster than the speed is light is disallowed by current science and not permitted under the genre.
  • The genre has seven lateral foundations: societal, economic, political, and celestial models, and biotech and infotech.
  • All projections of new models have their origins in current models.
  • Events and actions are plausible. Space travel takes time requiring the author to devise a reasonable process for humans to survive trips spanning lifetimes.
  • Character and emotional development is central to the book. Seeking and finding happiness is fundamental.
  • Emphasis is on dialogue versus narrative. The reader identifies with the characters through dialogue and actions.
  • No explicit sex. Sexual relationship are important but without explicit details.
  • The objectification of women is not permitted. Emphasis is on the equality of all life forms.
  • Limited gratuitous violence. Uncalled for violence lacking in good reason and unwarranted is generally unacceptable.
  • Limited action, replaced with tension and drama. Continuous action scenes leads to meaningless action.
  • A beneficial force is allowed and encouraged. The radical changes required for a positive future require an outside force – humans will never voluntarily undertake the required actions, a commonly accepted fact.
  • Relationship building is encouraged. This might be relationships between humans, humans and nonhumans, or humans and aliens while maintaining plausibility.
  • Writing style is classical. The overuse of metaphors, similes, and flowery descriptions are not encouraged. The writing is engaging and thought provoking, not poetry.