Friday, March 18, 2016

The Essence of a SciFi Story

I have avidly read science fiction since before it was considered literature. In high school, I couldn't do a book review on a favorite sci fi novel because it "wasn't a novel". Now days it is fairly well respected (though a lot of it seems to be fantasy but don't get me started on that).

In any case, I love this flow chart. There is so much more to sci fi than this, but this is so close to whole sections of the genre that you just have to laugh. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I remember this flowchart, but didn't remember where I saw it. It served as the basis for my first computer program, written in Basic on a TRS80. You would have been my hero, but I found what had been my first source just last night. I first found it, printed on shiny silver paper, in an issue of OMNI magazine (June 1979). I found in the small print it had been previously published in 1977 in the book "SCIENCE FICTION an Illustrated History" by Samuel J. Lundwall. Thanks anyway for keeping this thing alive! While I agree it is accurate for few books, it is spot-on for many movies, especially those one might see featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000. You even accurately reproduced what I consider to be an error in the original, which is a solid connector from "Are Friendly (The End)" down to "And Are". My program just made random choices at each branch and spat out a story summary. I had a lot of fun expanding on it after that. I still have the cassette (!) tape with the program, but I think it would be easier to just rewrite it. Thanks again!