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Writing prompt: National Science Week

This week is National Science week, a celebration of all things science and technology! Science and technology is developing so quickly these days, it’s often hard to keep up with all the breakthroughs. That’s why writers and storytellers are important contributors to the STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) industries. Using both fiction and nonfiction writing, we help get the word out there about all the amazing work that scientists are doing, and all the astounding (and sometimes a bit terrifying) possibilities for our future.

Heaps of our favourite sci-fi books refer to ideas and issues that scientists are grappling with right now — like the rebellious AI, resource scarcity and mind-bending physics of deep space that we see in The Illuminae Files.

For this week’s writing prompt, have a look at some recent science news and see if you can find inspiration for a new piece of sci-fi or nonfiction writing. You never know, you could stumble upon the catalyst for your very own action-packed sci-fi trilogy!

Here are some ideas to start you off:

  • Scientists have recently discovered a bacteria that eats plastic!
  • Scientists have found a star 40 light years away orbited by SEVEN Earth-sized planets. Three of those planets are in what scientists are calling ‘the habitable zone’.
  • Scientists have detected a wide lake of liquid water beneath the southern pole of Mars.


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This is why I love SciFi. It's fiction, but also you can imagine it being possible.

22nd Aug, 18