A foray into sci-fi: no-man’s sky

I admit I’m not usually a sci-fi person. I write fantasy with science elements sometimes, but I’ve never really done space, or aliens, or lasers, or whatever else sci-fi usually contains. But I have started a story that is very much in the sci-fi genre, and it’s going pretty well!

So I started this story as a short, playing with the idea of aliens invading…the prompt was “the edge of the solar system”, the idea of colonisation and exploration. I wanted to turn it round and think about ‘aliens’ colonising and exploring, and Earth being the alien planet, and I wrote two sections. I then expanded to four and wrote most of a short story before realising that it could be bigger…and now it’s five sections, with a potential six and seven. And I’ve now realised that it’s bigger than that; I could probably write a novel! Whether I will or not is another matter, but it’s nice that I have enough story to be able to pick and choose the length.

I’m currently playing with the sections; this is the plotting stage where I have a very rough outline, so I’m adding bits; wondering where it could go next, wondering what scenes could go in. What are the trigger points? What are the major events? What needs to happen for the next event to take place? Who’s likely to be involved, and what would they do?

I’m also adapting characters from my Dresden files fanfiction, which is nice; I get to use the templates and interactions, but they have a different context. I can see that it could be quite confusing and difficult, but I’m actually loving it; I don’t need to get to know the character first, and they’re already ‘talking’ to me – albeit having to learn a new setting.

So it doesn’t have lasers yet, but it does have aliens, and space stations, and AI, and cybernetics, and some hopefully nice twists on a few other concepts…I’m enjoying writing it.

Ps. Yes, I am aware of the game by the same name – the title will change!

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.