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SciFi/Fantasy – July 16

“The expression of divinity is in variety.” -Sheri S. Tepper, born this date in 1929, who also wrote under the names AJ Orde and BJ Oliphant. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is compelled to participate in a religious ceremony substantially different than your protag’s preferred faith.

SciFi/Fantasy – July 15

On this date in 1965, Mariner 4 sent to Earth the first detailed images of the surface of Mars. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which facts reveal your protagonist’s expectations to be utterly mistaken.

SciFi/Fantasy – July 14

A new audio compression format received its name and file extension — .mp3 — on this date in 1995. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist uses a technology that’s common to her/him and earns an earful from an older person who grew up without that tech.

SciFi/Fantasy – July 13

Writing prompt: Write the scene of your protagonist’s most self-deceptive presumption of victory.

SciFi/Fantasy – July 12

“You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn’t.” -R. Buckminster Fuller, born this date in 1895. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist accomplishes a goal using an “addition through subtraction” strategy.

SciFi/Fantasy – July 11

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” -Elwyn Brooks White, born on this date in 1899. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist’s plan to take advantage of weather to accomplish a goal fails.

SciFi/Fantasy – July 10

“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success…. Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.” -Nikola Tesla, born this date in 1856. Writing prompt: Write the scene in which your protagonist’s long effort to build something complicated finally pays...

SciFi/Fantasy – July 9

“More evil gets done in the name of righteousness than any other way.” -Glen Cook, born this date in 1944. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist commits an evil deed for what s/he believes is the right reason.

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