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12 May 2008 @ 11:12 am
Help me write my next story!  
I'm going to try to write another story before I leave for Wiscon. I want this to be a real challenge, something that stretches my talents, something that maybe goes places I'm scared of. This time out, I want to risk failure.

You, my readers, may have a better view than I do of where my strengths and weaknesses lie. What kind of story would you like to see me tackle?
JoSelleupstart_crow on May 12th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Hmmm..... can we make suggestions that are outside of genre, or do you want us to stay within SF/F/H, generally speaking?
David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 12th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
I'd like to stay within the SF/F genres. Thanks for asking!
JoSelleupstart_crow on May 12th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)

OK then. How would you feel about writing a truly high fantasy/sword and sorcery type story, except one that doesn't use a European/generic Medieval magic system or culture? As in, a high fantasy story set in, say, the American West?

In fact, I think that's it. David, I challenge you to write a fantastic Western. :)
David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 12th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! We'll see what else comes in.

I did write a story in college about a rogue telepath in the old West. Despite the title, which was the inspiration for the story, it was a serious story. The title? "Esperado."
dd-bdd_b on May 12th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
I can sure see how that title would be irresistible.

The following is not intended as an argument either for or against your writing such a story. I really don't know if you'd be competing against what I'm about to mention, or snowballing with it (and presumably other things), or if there's enough overlap to make it relevant in the first place.

Emma Bull's Territories is "contemporary" fantasy in the old West, and includes Chinese as well as other magic.
S-47/19-Jshsilver on May 12th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see a Stanley Weinbaumesque alien-abundant planet story from you with a strong nostalgic bent, but written sor modern sensibilities and understanding of the solar system.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 12th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
But that's what I always do! :-)
S-47/19-Jshsilver on May 12th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
I guess that means I like you to be predictable. :)
Brenda Cooperbjcooper on May 12th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
How about a serious near-future story (say 15 years out) that deals with a world changed by global warming, become more totalitarian etc. In other words, a grand old sfnal bit designed to poke fun at the current powers-that-be. Like a modern day Fahreheit 451 or Brave New World. And yes, I want to write some of those too (I'm getting quite ticked by the rising difference between rich and poor, the nasty media consolidation, and the attempts to fight network neutrality). I suspect we wouldn't write anything close to the same story.
Magentamagentamn on May 12th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Maybe you could write a story that contains no puns, double entendres or humor. But it might not be as much fun to read (or write)

Have you even written anything from a female point of view? Might be a good exercise before Wiscon...
Julie Zetterberg Sardo: Sterilized With Fear!nebula5 on May 12th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Something that might inspire a masquerade presentation.
csinman on May 12th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Use an unreliable narrator. Mostly because I love them, but also because I always trust your obvious knowledge of sciency stuff and it lulls me into believing whatever you say. Trick me!
csinman on May 12th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
P.S. Combine the last three suggestions!
Tomvoidampersand on May 12th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
The scariest thing I can think of: write a self-involved semi-autobiographical lit-fi story that appropriates one (0x01) SF genre trope.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on May 12th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
Wendy S. Delmater: nefarious porpoisessafewrite on May 13th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
Something involving a sex change, perhaps?

Edited at 2008-05-13 01:12 am (UTC)
Katekateyule on May 13th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Well, he has done the one about the guy whose father decides to become a dog. Hormones, operation, the whole shebang.
Allan: Chairallanh on May 13th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
As far as I'm concerned, there's too big an emphasis on SERIOUS in much of today's SF and not enough FUNNY.

Something funny would be nice. Think Esther Freisner tribute-ish.

Better yet, try writing in the comedic SF&F styles of not just Esther Freisner, but also William Tenn, John Varley, and RAH. Think of Tenn's "On Venus, Have We Got a Rabbi" as an example.