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How do I create a vivid sci-fi setting?I need to write a creative writing short story...

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How do I create a vivid sci-fi setting?

I need to write a creative writing short story where i have to create "a vivid description of a sci-fi settting".

I'm not sure whether to include advanced technology such as spaceships, etc.

Any tips?

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There are many different settings that would be appropriate for a sci-fi setting. Science fiction differs from fantasy (although the two genres are known to overlap) in that it focuses more specifically on the future (even if it's only the very new future), scientific advancements (both those based on technology we currently have, and technology that has not yet been imagined). Your setting can include fantastic elements, such as alien-characters, flying cars, androids, etc. -- and your audience will accept them as long as you concentrate on verisimilitude. You'll need to believe in your setting, and describe it as exactly as possible, so that your audience will be able to imagine it as well. If you want to include elements based on current technology/real science, you'll need to do a bit of research in order to make your descriptions seem correct/real to your audience. Either way, be consistent, descriptive, and use a variety of sensory detail.

You don't have to include spaceships, or aliens -- but you do want to think about technology, and the way it shapes your characters' lives. A good example of this would be the movie Bladerunner.

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It all depends on what kind of sci fi work you wish to write. Some dystopian future novels actually regress in terms of technology such as The Search of Fierra and other Empyrion novels. In those novels its almost like science meets medieval times. You have people with medieval views of technology and treat the high tech like its magic. 

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