In fact, I’ve probably answered that question on here already, but I was talking to someone recently and it reminded me of a conversation I had with my dad in the heady days when I believed I would become a best-selling author by the time I was 18.
He asked me to consider the “What If” factor. I, of course, looked at him blankly. He had a way of doing that to me, which is part of the reason I loved him so much – he challenged me to think.
‘Most science fiction stories come from the author asking the question “What if?”‘ he said. As if that explained it.
While I admit that a lot of my stories have come from the bizarre dreams I’m afflicted with, the What If factor has been extremely useful. …
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