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SciFi/Fantasy – April 6

“There’s some good in the world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.” -Samwise Gamgee, born this date. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist starts an unwinnable fight just because it’s the right thing to do.

SciFi/Fantasy – April 5

“It is obvious to the most simpleminded that Lokai is of an inferior breed.” -Frank Gorshin, born this date in 1933, as Commissioner Bele in the Star Trek episode “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.” Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is challenged by someone who believes your protag is inferior for cosmetic reasons.

SciFi/Fantasy – April 4

On this date in 1984, Winston Smith began illegally recording his thoughts in a diary. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is caught doing something so wrong that her/his life is jeopardized.

SciFi/Fantasy – April 3

Gore Vidal’s Age of Kali ends on this date with the virtual extinction of all life on earth. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist arrives in a place devoid of life.

SciFi/Fantasy – April 2

Obi-Wan Kenobi was born on this date in 1914. Sir Alec Guinness died miserable that he would be remembered for Star Wars instead of his many other roles. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist does something entirely out of character for which s/he will be remembered more than anything else.

SciFi/Fantasy – April 1

“Make no judgements where you have no compassion.” -Anne McCaffrey, born this date in 1926. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist is judged without compassion by someone with great power over your protag.

SciFi/Fantasy – March 31

On this date in 1951, the Remington Rand Corporation contracted to deliver the first Universal Automatic Computer, or UNIVAC, to the US Census Bureau. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist encounters the original example of a tool or technology that later transformed the world you’re created.

SciFi/Fantasy – March 30

On this date in 1842, Crawford Long was the first doctor to use anesthetic in surgery. Writing prompt: Write a scene in which your protagonist suffers through the original, painful version of a relatively common experience in the world you’ve created that used to be excruciatingly unpleasant but is now routinely pain-free.

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