Free Creative Writing Prompts #67:
Take me to your leader! I could pretend with these free creative writing prompts about science fiction that I'm not a huge sci fi nerd...but I am. I love Firefly, Star Trek, Star Wars, and all sorts of more obscure stuff that myself and my nerdy friends used to watch during middle and high school (and college? :)). Perhaps I will make more specific prompts to attach to all of those wonderful specific movies, shows, and universes, but until then, we'll stick with these. Science fiction allows you to create a world of your very own or to become a part of a world that someone else has fleshed out more than they have their own. Let your imagination loose and enjoy!
Free Creative Writing Prompts: Science Fiction
2. Your family, friends, and life might be a lot different...if they were in space! Imagine that everything you knew was transported to a traveling space ship. How would your day to day life change?
3. In a world greatly enhanced by new technologies (that are being developed every day) you have come up with a world-changing device that could change life as we know it. What is the device and why does it make such an impact?
4. During an archaeological dig, a new species of intelligent life has been found deep within our own planet. You have been chosen to lead the expedition with a crack team of special ops and scientists. What do you find in there and how do you interact with this new form of life?5. You have been transported to another dimension! This world is similar to our own, but several key things are different. What are these key things, how did you get there, and how might you be able to get home (if you even wanted to)?
6. Several warriors from the future have come back to stop a horrible event in the past from happening. They will wait out their entire lifetimes to ensure that the problem doesn't occur. And they live in your neighborhood. How do you interact with these warriors and do you take on their request for help?
7. Strange weather patterns begin to form on the planet earth. You are a police officer working your shift when a man comes in and confesses to causing these weather problems. He also says that he's not sure if he can stop it. Do you believe the man? How do you two stop the problem if it's even possible?
8. While watching television you realize that the characters on the screen are talking to you. You step close enough and you are sucked into the tv set. You are now in the shows that you love and watch. What, however, happens when the shows end? Are you able to get back to the real world?
9. Imagine a world in which many different alien races are acquainted with each other and all of them live on a giant space station together. What is your role on this station and how does the interaction go for you?
10. Robots have become the new best pet! You, like most people, have a robot and while you aren't sure, it's possible that your particular pet has gained consciousness. You want to tell someone, but you are afraid that something bad will happen to your robot as a result. What do you do?
These free creative writing prompts about science fiction may be able to help you let loose in your writing in the creation of a world within your story. There is nothing more involving than a book that transports you to a place or a situation that is beyond our current understanding. Play around with these as much as you see fit and feel free to write from one of these prompts in the space below. Happy writing!
Bonus Prompt - How do you feel the world will change technologically in the next 100 years? 200 years? 10,000 years? What kind of things that we see in science fiction movies will actually come to pass? Time travel? Cloaking devices? Be specific and tell a story about each time period.
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I really had some fun creating my last list of writing prompts, so I decided to try some sci fi writing prompts this time around.
NaNoWriMo is coming up and these could definitely be some great inspiration—but they’d work just as well for a short story or novella or full-blown novel any time of the year. Like the last set, these are available under a Creative Commons license, so share and share alike.
- A young lawyer graduates into a world where, for the first time, brain scans can accurately detect lies.
- A group of scientists discover a cheap, renewable energy source that when put into place across the world further destabilizes the oil-dependent Middle East.
- An army general leads a squad of aliens that have come to earth to assist the Allies during WWII in their fight against Hitler.
- “I can smell dark matter.”
- A man wakes to find himself trapped in a Holodeck-like virtual reality simulator. The thing is, he’s not sure he wants to leave.
- A civilization faces its destruction as one of its moons breaks orbit and plunges toward the planet.
- Mass hysteria hits 1950s New York after a report of a Martian spotted atop the Empire State Building.
- An elderly man creates the first ever artificial life form just before he dies—and it’s a copy of his 20-year-old self.
- It’s 2030, and the newest trend is to have one’s eyes replaced with implants that record and upload everything you see for all the world to watch
- A young inventor plans to step into a matter-energy transporter he just invented, for the first time.
- “I have to deactivate you. I’m sorry.”
- The crew of Earth’s first deep space vessel discover an area of space where Earth’s laws of physics don’t apply.
- A Captain sets off on a mission to negotiate an interplanetary alliance, but he’s warned it could lead to Earth’s destruction.
- A fishing vessel near Antarctica pulls what appears to be a new, humanoid species up in its net—and it turns out to be very, very smart.
- “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”
- Faced with a new ice age, Earth’s major civilizations have moved into Arcologies—massive, city-sized buildings that stretch high into the sky and hold millions of people.
- A test pilot returns to Earth after the first-ever faster-than-light space flight.
- A scientist races against time to hide his latest invention from the government: a devastating antimatter bomb that he fears will start World War III.
- A group of FBI agents assigned to weird cases discover a parallel universe intruding into our own.
- A rift in spacetime allows an alien that looks an awful lot like a dragon to escape into the sky over New York City.
- A woman and her boyfriend are out for a night on the town, only to discover they’re trapped in a pocket universe where everything is the opposite of what it should be.
- “Resistance is futile.”
- In the not-so-far-future, smartphones have been reduced to the size of microchips that are implanted in wrist bones, accessed through glowing displays in and holographic projections from the skin.
- A hacker creates a virtual currency that quickly becomes the dominant system of money on the entire planet.
- A corporate created computer virus disables every device with a microchip on the planet, except for those that are protected with their high-priced security software.
- An alien race chooses a young boy with autism for first contact with humans because the unique pathways in his brain are perfect for their preferred style of communication: telepathy.
- A man invents cybernetic legs to help his dog walk again after three of them are cut off in an accident.
- “I’m from another planet. Let’s just say we’re neighbors.”
- An alien race makes contact—with King Tutankhamun in ancient Egypt.
- The only child aboard a space station saves the day when its crew is plagued by a debilitating illness that only affects adults.
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October 26, 2013
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