Lucas J.W. Johnson
Lucas is a freelance writer and game designer from Vancouver, BC. He writes things. Sometimes, they're even good.
Here he blogs about writing, queer issues, geekery, music, and life.
Check out his transmedia development business at Silverstring Media.
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When creating the concept for a story, developing a setting without developing plot or characters is silly. It’s the characters that will be the focus of the actual story, creating the narrative by navigating the plot they’re thrown into. The … Continue reading
At some point, a sci-fi setting also asks another important question: Aliens? I don’t want Concordia to be a cornucopia of exotic (all rather humanlike) aliens, like you see in so much sci-fi. I wanted it to be primarily about … Continue reading
The next logical iteration of the computer-in-your-pocket (which we still call a “phone”) is a computer implanted into you. This I think will be the basis of personal technology for Concordia: a chip planted into the skull, that acts as … Continue reading
Outside the space station Concordia is a terraforming Mars, and a humanity expanding throughout the solar system. But what about inside the station? Is this city all one united entity, like a starship Enterprise, or a council of factions like … Continue reading
Creating a fantasy setting demands certain questions: Earth or another world? high magic or low? relative technology level? A sci-fi setting has to ask similar questions. Is this a galaxy-wide space opera, or set on Earth? Is it so far … Continue reading
The first inkling of a potential sci-fi project came to me a couple weeks before the ideas for the story started developing. A picture of a spaceship I saw got me thinking about the kind of giant ships of sci-fi … Continue reading
About a week ago, I started brainstorming ideas for a new project — a science fiction story. It started with a desire to jumpstart my creativity again, and turned into two hours of being unable to sleep because the ideas … Continue reading
Sometimes, talking about “issues” in the context of speculative fiction can be a way to make them non-issues. For instance, one could create a society in which being gay is completely accepted. Doing this allows you to, in a way, … Continue reading
As I said in my last post, in the month leading up to the release of Harry Potter and the Very Long Subtitle, I re-read the entirety of the Harry Potter series. I hadn’t read any of the books since … Continue reading