Settings in Science Fiction
by Adam Huddleston
Last week I wrote about settings in the fantasy genre. Creating a fantasy setting can be a huge undertaking. When it comes to science fiction however, the approach to world building is a little different.
I would venture to say that most science fiction stories are set either in our world, or in what we know of outer space. In these cases, the author doesn’t have to create a new setting, just assure that the elements of the setting are practical considering what we know. In other words, the environment, peoples, flora/fauna, etc. of the story’s world may be our own.
It is perfectly acceptable to bend and stretch the natural laws of this world (it is fiction after all) but sci-fi still lives in a basis of reality.