Are you a science fiction book author?


Chances are that you’re also a science fiction book geek just like me!


I’m on my first fiction book, a science fiction novel that takes place in the year 5,000.  I’ve been researching and reading the best science fiction authors and books over the last 12 months with more than 3 million words read so far. 

Analyzing authors’ styles, how they build scenes, develop characters and advance their plots has been a wealth of information.  Now I found myself reading even more than when I started writing my novel and taking notes on science fiction authors.

How much reading do you do on your related literary genre as part of your science fiction book or fiction book research?


The 3 million science fiction book words I’ve read since started my novel are just research for this particular science fiction book. That does not count all the other science fiction books I’ve read over the years. It does not even include all the research on physics, astronomy, literature, history, and much more.

Make sure that you read some of the other science fiction book posts on the blog related to other others, worlds science fiction book characters and statistics.

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10 Responses to Science Fiction Book Literary Research

  1. R.H.Hairston says:

    In writing my book, “When Sasha Dreams A Living Fantasy,” I couldn’t help but research. My content involves, fantasy, real time, myths and spiritualism. It is exciting to research the myths and folklore of different cultures…also a great learning experience. It makes the characters become even more alive…especially if they have actually been here before! I love to research. Thank you for bring that up!

  2. Jo Marie Johnson says:

    For books in future times, you would have to check to see what’s latest scientific research. The military websites might be the best like D.A.R.P.A. The rest is your imagination.

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  4. Miriam Pia says:

    I saw Jorge over at LinkedIn where a question about research was posted. The last time this came up it was David Burkhead who brought the subject up over at my personal Facebook page. Uranian Fiction also has a page, but hm. Anyways, to answer the question: it depends on the writer and their relationship. I practically breathed SF & F growing up, so its no surprise that when I discovered I could write a novel it was SF. I had also watched lots of SF movies and TV.
    The 2nd novel I wrote was an adventure crime story set where I lived to reduce the amount of research needed. With me, it depends. If I need to do research, then I do it. If I can work around it then I might just do that. I’m a lefty, and wasn’t a rich kid so I couldn’t just buy solutions as often as wealthier people – when the money is there, that’s a legitimate way to handle it…but when it’s not then, hm…time to get creative.

  5. Dennis Martineau says:

    I’ve written around eleven or twelve technical books over almost 30 years. Unfortunately, they belong to the companies I was working for at the time I wrote them so I really don’t own them. However, in the past three years or so off and on I’ve been trying to write my first science fiction book. During this time I’ve been researching and studying theoretical physics in order to learn what my first fiction book is based on. And as you I’ve been reading other science fiction books to see the various styles that other authors use. Many friends and colleges have been telling me ‘Just write the darn book!’ But my problem has been that all my other work required complete accuracy. After all my books would be used by technical staff to get a certification, or learn how a particular product worked, or to learn how to troubleshoot, or to learn the field of IT…you get the picture right. So in a way I have been kind of stuck. Sure there have been times where I would write several pages, I also drew story boards so I could see how things would flow etc… But I still get stuck trying to ensure that what I am writing about could actually happen. I truly believe that in a way that would make my book even more enticing, even more terrifying. After all if I write something that in fact not only could happen but may in fact actually happen then what more could someone want to read, or someone not be able to put down for fear that it is already too late. So I think what I’m saying is it really depends on what you are writing about. I think spending the time researching so that your novel would be even more of a grabber is not a bad thing but just make sure it is your style, your mind, your heart for to write a great novel you must pour out you into it so that it becomes so real that your readers must keep turning that page, they must see what will happen next they cannot wait to see how it will end if it indeed ever does.

  6. stan says:

    I’ll sepn.d approximataly 50% of my time doing research

  7. veleta hayles says:

    I like your grasp of the idea of science fiction. A topic that is close to you. All the best.
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  8. I did quite a lot of research for my book. In fact the story line is based on it, and to give you an idea you can look at the extensive bibliography pages at the back of the book.
    It took me a year of reading to complete it. Then it took me a another year to write the novel. And during the past year I have developed it, published it, and am now trying to promote it. Here are the Amazon and Facebook links.
    Amazon = and the Facebook link =!/pages/The-Nostradamus-Descendant/165478130212904

  9. During the course of one cold and bleak Canadian winter I ran out of things to read so I read the encyclopedia. All 28 volumes of it. I liked it so much I did it again the next winter. But in their it talked about piezo-electricity, and pryo-magnetism, and radio waves, and all kinds of things. This is useful stuff when it comes to creating science fiction.

  10. I’ve read science fiction for years — many, many, and I still love and read the genre. I was also intrigued by astronomy, and haunted the Museum of Natural History and the Haydn Planetarium as a kid. I like to keep up a nodding knowledge of science and math research.

    My first science fiction novel, has just come out:

    It’s set a couple of hundred years in the future. I did do some research for the book – glass blowing and ceramics especially, some about military tribunals, desert ecology, and maybe a couple of other things I’ve forgotten.

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