A to Z April Challenge 2015 Theme Reveal – Science Fiction Today

We’ve been kind of quiet about this fact, because we were making sure we could commit to it. We built our list, and we’re doing it! The April A to Z Challenge! If you want to know more about the challenge, you can find out on their website: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

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Our Survivor Badge from last year!

We did this challenge last year, focusing on our Character Studies. We blogged about a character a day, from throughout geekdom. There were a few franchises where we could almost have done all the characters from – like Final Fantasy – but we decided on the broader topics as that was more fun and allowed more people to be involved. And involved you were! There are lots of bloggers involved in the A to Z Challenge, and a lot announcing their themes today – find that list here!

Science Fiction Today!

Maybe the number one topic that we have more ideas for than blog posts we have written, our Science Fiction Today posts are our way of talking about politics and current events without talking about them in the normal sort of way.

First, there is the idea of Wicked Problems. They are large problems where there is not necessarily a “right” answer, or, if there is, we don’t know what that answer is! Most of these problems exist in the political sphere where, because there is no right answer, opinions, beliefs, philosophy, and the other aspects of partisan thought enter into the mix.

You can read more about Wicked Problems, and how we like to approach them, here: https://comparativegeeks.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/geek-501-science-fiction-today/

TL;DR version: we answer today’s problems by not addressing them in today’s terms! Instead, we take them into the future, and through science fiction consider a world where these problems are no longer a problem! Unless of course they become a HUGE PROBLEM!

What the Posts will Look Like

So each post will have a short introduction, laying out the basic problem or our thoughts on the topic. Then, we will look at how future technologies and/or attitudes might make the problem go away. But we also tend to look at what could go wrong (like robots taking over!) or maybe what could happen if the problem isn’t addressed at all. Utopia, and Dystopia.

The posts should be short, sweet, and to the point. We hope you like them! Since we’re keeping them short, please comment and discuss, as there’s definitely going to be more examples we could give, more nuance to the problem, and more angles to consider. Room for discussion!

We are also contributing A to Z posts on Sourcerer for the challenge, along with a whole group of bloggers! Check out Sourcerer and give them a like!

Images copyright the folks at the A-to-Z Challenge. If you want some to use yourself for the challenge, head there and use them: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/to-z-badges-and-banners.html


66 responses to “A to Z April Challenge 2015 Theme Reveal – Science Fiction Today

  1. I’m excited to see what you come up with!

    Rose @ BohemianNERD

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  2. This is awesome! 😀

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  3. Love this idea. Sounds thought-provoking and really informative! Can’t wait to see what you all came up with for the challenge. 🙂

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
    Out of Print, Fiction authors and their shorts

    A-Z Blogging in April Participant

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  4. Can’t wait to see your posts for the challenge.

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  5. Sounds like a fun theme. I can’t wait to read it!

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  6. What a marvellous idea! I can imagine the fun you’re going to have (are already having) with these posts. I’m going to have to steal Luther’s line and say ‘Is it April 1st yet?’

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  7. Looking forward to this series! 😀

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  8. heatherjacksonwrites

    Sounds intriguing! I’ll definitely be following along this April.

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  10. This sounds fantastically creative! What a great idea. Looking forward to your ponderings. 🙂 Happy A to Z!

    Sue Archer
    Doorway Between Worlds

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  13. Wow, I’m really looking forward to your posts! This my first year to participate and I’ve already found many cool blogs.


  14. I’m glad you’ve decided to jump back into the A to Z Challenge! Your theme sounds great, and is sure to give your fellow writers some great food for the imagination…

    Looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with!

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  15. Sounds like a fun and unique theme! Can’t wait to see what comes out of it! 🙂

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary – Epics from A to Z
    MopDog – The crazy thing about Hungarians…

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  18. Veronica Martinez

    I am interested in what you come up with and extending my knowledge of sci-fi a bit more.

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