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SciFi/Fantasy – May 1

Astrophysicist and UFOlogist Josef Allen Hynek, originator of the “close encounter” concept, was born on this date in 1910. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist encounters a being or event that is inexplicable in your protag’s understanding of the world you’ve created.

SciFi/Fantasy – April 30

The spaceship Raduga launched from Baikonur on this date in William Barton and Michael Capobianco’s 2002. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist does something dangerous just to prevent an enemy from doing the same thing first.

SciFi/Fantasy – April 29

Writing prompt: Outline the story that follows this famous opening line: “The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.”

SciFi/Fantasy – April 28

Terry Pratchett was born on this date in 1948. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist must decide whether to kill or let live a member of the animal species that is most closely related to her/his own species.

SciFi/Fantasy – April 27

Daniel Boone Davis was revived from Cold Sleep on this date in Robert Heinlein’s 2001. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is reduced to starting from scratch.

SciFi/Fantasy – April 26

“Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.” -David Hume, born this date in 1711. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist must persuade someone that an error the other person thinks is ridiculous is actually quite dangerous.

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