Futuristic Fiction: #Research for #Writers, Part 17; All the Rest.

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This series began as a way to suggest possible topics for research for those writing fiction set in the future on Earth. The list runs to 100, and so far, I’ve covered 16 in detail. However, it strikes me it might be more productive for writers to tackle those subjects they find most appealing to them. So, having suggested an approach and shown some sources that might prove useful as starting points for research, I’m now leaving it to you to decide where you want to go next with this.
For me, the primary question in science fiction is the ‘why’ of events. Why do things happen the way they do? What are the causes? Who benefits from any given political, social, commercial, or philosophical situation? You’ll have your own questions, your own themes, your own concerns. I leave it to you to decide where to go with this, and when. Below are listed the 100 topics, with links to the original posts for the first 16.

  1. Accommodation (including the Intro)
  2. Activism
  3. Advertising    
  4. Agriculture
  5. AI       
  6. Animals, as Pets        
  7. Art                  
  8. Authority                   
  9. Banking                      
  10. Beauty                        
  11. Blasphemy                 
  12. Business                     
  13. Capitalism                  
  14. Cars                
  15. Celebrity                    
  16. Climate                       
  17. Corporations
  18. Corruption
  19. Credit
  20. Custom
  21. Dance
  22. Design
  23. Drugs
  24. Education
  25. Employment   
  26. Energy
  27. Entertainment
  28. Environment
  29. Equality
  30. Execution
  31. Faith
  32. Family
  33. Fashion
  34. Feminism
  35. Fiction
  36. Finance
  37. Flight
  38. Food   
  39. Forestry
  40. Fuel
  41. Gangs
  42. Gender
  43. Government
  44. Growth
  45. Health
  46. Hierarchy
  47. Hospitals
  48. Identity
  49. Injustice
  50. Intelligence
  51. IT
  52. Justice
  53. Knowledge
  54. Landfill
  55. Language
  56. Law
  57. Life
  58. Mass extinction
  59. Media
  60. Mental health
  61. Money
  62. Multiculturalism
  63. Music
  64. Nationality
  65. Nature
  66. Noise
  67. Oceans
  68. Patriotism
  69. Plastic
  70. Politics
  71. Pollution
  72. Population
  73. Prison
  74. Racism
  75. Religion
  76. Resources
  77. Robotics
  78. Satellites
  79. Science
  80. Sex
  81. Sexuality
  82. Shipping
  83. Social structure
  84. Space
  85. Sport
  86. Technology
  87. Tolerance
  88. Trade
  89. Tradition
  90. Transport
  91. Travel
  92. Trees
  93. Tribalism
  94. Virus
  95. War
  96. Waste
  97. Water
  98. Weather
  99. Wildlife
  100. Zoos

    This is my list, but you can make your own, of course. Science fiction, any fiction set in an imagined future on Earth, requires an understanding of the topics informing the story. We owe our readers the dedication of researching to ensure we have some idea of what we’re writing about, even though much of it will be speculation. Let’s make it at least ‘informed speculation’, eh?

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