Initially, I made this site for presenting my science fiction stories and some related philosophical ideas. I wanted to update the blog with new versions of my drafts, but I found it more convenient not to upload every intermediate stage of my stories and only present finished stories. Unfortunately, finishing stories takes a lot of time.
There’s one particular problem which makes it rather difficult for me to write the science fiction stories I’m thinking about in an appealing way. As those stories play in relatively utopian worlds, it is hard to include a lot of drama and tension into the plots. Utopian societies can solve most problems you throw at them easily. That doesn’t make for interesting and exciting stories.
Compare that to stories about superheroes who have all kinds of superpowers but no weaknesses. Stories about superman would be rather boring if he was immune to Kryptonite. Unless there were enough villains which are strong enough to have a realistic chance at defeating superman.
Some possibilities to write an interesting story about an utopian civilization would be to threaten it with something like war, secession, revolts, terrorism, or just massive bad luck. If nothing else helps, just come up with some nasty invaders from a parallel universe. However, I want to write about utopian civilizations in a state of relative security. So, I need to come up with something else.
What remains as option are personal dramas. Personal failures, mistakes, defeats, losses. Those can happen in any kind of world. After all, the possibility of these things happening is one of the main reasons why life is interesting.
Nevertheless, in very utopian worlds even personal dramas might be unlikely. Society might be sophisticated enough to help any individual who is struggling – by solving es problems, or at least ameliorating the pain caused by them. How can personal dramas be made captivating if the stakes aren’t really high?
Honestly, I haven’t found a completely satisfying answer to that question, yet. It’s one of the main reasons why I’m only making very slow progress with my stories. After all, I want them to be interesting and being able to provoke strong emotional reactions.Share