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You fail only if you stop writing." -Ray Bradbury

The objective is twofold:

  • Co-author a fiction book that is worthy of publication
  • Have a lot of fun creating a brand new universe, worlds, civilizations, populations and characters we can toy with like gods

A few constraints need to be placed just to begin discussion:

1. What kind of realm are we talking about?

  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi
  • Combination*

Thus far the choice seems to be a combination that includes aspects of science as well as fantasy. This is acceptable, although I have predominantly worked in space-opera, I am entirely amenable to trying a combination world

2. What kind of races would be allowed?

  • just humanoids
  • individual sentient races with humanoid thought processes
  • anything, including collectives, sentient stars, and atypical consciousnesses

3. Depth of construction for societies and cultures

  • simple descriptions where little detail is needed because it parallels modern society
  • societies that can be easily referenced or understood historically
  • non-standard societies that might arise due to atypical race characteristics (e.g. how would sentient stars interact with each other?)

4. Socio-political and socio-psychological aspects

  • To what extent actions and interactions between political factions and leaders are portrayed?
  • What human-natural moral meaning, if any, should underlie the plot? (e.g. is there a "greater" message we want to deliver)
  • Limited or open ended: how many cultural/political layers are actually described in detail, how many are inferred, and is it ordered or chaotic?

5. Plot construction

  • Simple
  • Historical based
  • Existing fiction based
  • Completely novel, perhaps plot-less (these are harder to write imho and take a great deal of skill, I don't know even know if you can do it collaboratively e.g. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs)

6. Comedy is key

  • No argument there, especially self-depreciating humor (Although Stainless-Steel Rat and Retief is a bit more than I'm thinking)

7. How large is our universe?

  • Continents
  • Planets
  • Solar Systems
  • Unlimited

I think these are a good enough start to lay down some constraints. It is also fair to mention here that I suck at Wiki syntax. I apologize in advance for the format-suckage.