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Nature is the villain!


With one of the stories I am trying to write the "bad guy" is nature. Specifically speaking the story is about the very first interstellar flight and that flight is a total accident.

Briefly, this science spaceship is conducting experiments on gravity and magnetic fields way out at the edge of the solar system. A strange combination of events occur and the spaceship ends up in a gravity wave bubble which takes them to another star system roughly 17 light years from the sun in just about 17 minutes! The story involves the science crews fight to survive the first event, discovering where they are, repairing their spacecraft, and then figuring out how to get home.

There isn't a "traditional villain" in the story but the newly discovered "gravity wave bubble" fills many of the traditional roles given to the villain.

My problem is how to create the science fictional nature/villain in a way that is believable and entertaining to the reader...

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Re: Nature is the villain!


Having Nature as antagonist is quite a classic actually. emoticon

The story will be interesting because of what your characters go through and how they grow during their adventure. What flaws do they have to overcome in order to get home?

Do they have to learn to cooperate?
Do they have to learn to trust the one weirdo on the crew?
Do they have to invent many new things?

That kind of stuff makes great stories.

(Check out Libby Hawkers "Take off your Pants" book. It's about plotting, but she devotes most of the time to creating characters that will carry a story.)

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Neat idea Rick.
     I don't know how your Wave behaves but I could see if it messes with gravity and stuff in the ship how that could cause lots of problems and interesting ideas for you to explore. A tool gets sucked out of a character`s hand and smashes something vitally important for the journey home!! Hahahaha! I mean: Oh no! Now what solutions can they come up with? Sorry I digress...
    There's lots of ways Nature can be the villain in a story even something as simple as a bit of mud slowing your characters down and making them late for an appointment.
Happy writing! emoticon
  

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