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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Inspiration

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    dust2duskposted 6 years ago

    I know it's kind of an overdone question, but I'm curious: who are your inspirations for your sci-fi and/or fantasy writing? Who really sets the bar for you, and in what way?

    For me, this list goes something like this:
    -Joss Whedon (for the incredible dialogue and tendency to turn tropes on their heads)
    -Hayao Miyazaki (for his capacity for building fantastic worlds and developing subtle and complex plots)
    -Anne Rice (for proving that one can write sensual prose about anything, including streets, books, old chairs, and dead guys)
    -R.A. Salvatore (for demonstrating growing moral awareness in both his characters and, I suspect, himself over the course of his writing career)
    -Jim Butcher (for melding the genres of film-noir-detective-drama with action-fantasy and proving that such a thing can be done well)
    -Eric Kripke (for great dialogue and for creating deeply flawed characters that you can still love)

    Yeah, I've included people who did tv shows and movies here. It's a different style of story-telling, but it can still be a great source of inspiration.

    1. cdub77 profile image85
      cdub77posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Speaking of different types of inspiration, R.A. Salvatore has a video game coming out, I'm very interested in that.  I tend to like Ursula K. Le Guin and Philip K. Dick. or anyone else with the initial K. (j/k).

  2. AdeleCosgroveBray profile image95
    AdeleCosgroveBrayposted 6 years ago

    I write fantasy short stories and novels.  Some have been published, too.  smile

    My ideas come from all over the place.  I don't understand writers who say they're short of ideas.  I never have anything like enough time to write all the ideas I have!  My ideas  come from foklore, ancient history, art (I've a background in pottery and fine art), and also philosophy.  Less lofty sources can include random bits of conversation overheard on the train, or a photo which gets my interest for any one of a million reasons; or by simply asking 'what if...?'

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    RookerySpoonerposted 6 years ago

    If fairy tales are included as fantasy, then Hans Chritian Andersen and Oscar Wilde are my inspirations.

  4. Johnjfernando profile image60
    Johnjfernandoposted 6 years ago

    Jim Hawkins from Treasure Planet
    Lord of the Rings
    Silver from Treasure Planet/Treasure Island

    I thought wanting to write sci-fi/fantasy adventure since i was 11 years old. I started imagining about it when i was probably six. I am currently working on a 7 part series novel that i worked on to put together for more than 7 yrs now. Also some mini novels i call, 'character speicals' about cetain characters that have a great impact on the story all around.
    here is my link to the preview of it:


    1. LookingForWalden profile image60
      LookingForWaldenposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Butchers the man.

      Tolkien is the best there ever will be though.

    2. Captain Redbeard profile image59
      Captain Redbeardposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Treasure Planet was a great retelling of an epic story. Almost as good as the muppet version big_smile

      1. Johnjfernando profile image60
        Johnjfernandoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, epecially with Captain Flint and Long John Silver. This was adaptation from the novel, 'Treasure Island.'

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    logic,commonsenseposted 6 years ago

    Stephen Donaldson
    Harlan Ellison-his Dangerous Visions trilogy started a new wave.

  6. LookingForWalden profile image60
    LookingForWaldenposted 6 years ago

    I know a lot of people like him but I like a lot of Simon R. Green's stuff.

    Also I find lovecraft seeping into my writing style.

  7. couturepopcafe profile image61
    couturepopcafeposted 6 years ago

    Still like Neil Gaimen and Charles Vess.

  8. brittanytodd profile image94
    brittanytoddposted 6 years ago

    No one has said Vonnegut yet?  He's amazing.  The first story in Bagombo Suff Box is one of the best sci-fi narratives I have read.

    1. cdub77 profile image85
      cdub77posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I always forget Vonnegut can be considered sci-fi.  Great addition to the list.

  9. brittanytodd profile image94
    brittanytoddposted 6 years ago

    Thank you.  Pynchon is also another favorite.

  10. Captain Redbeard profile image59
    Captain Redbeardposted 6 years ago

    I think Tolkien is certainly top notch. Before him I don't think there was anything quite on the scale as The Hobbit and LOTR trilogy set and all the other stories he wrote about middle earth. He plays a huge role in my mind when I writing something in high end fantasy.

    sci/fi is a certainly a different kind o' beast isn’t it? Everything from the Fantastic Four comics, Star Trek books back to one of my favorite stories of all time, The Time Machine by Mr. Wells himself just before the turn of the century in the 1890's. I think Wells is probably my favorite. With stories like The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Invisible Man, my imagination is consistently asking, "What if?"

    1. LookingForWalden profile image60
      LookingForWaldenposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Good call on Wells.

  11. emichael profile image80
    emichaelposted 6 years ago

    H.G. Wells is a big inspiration of mine. Also Bradbury and Orson Scott Card