Science fiction composition draft need at least 2000 words

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For this assignment, you will write an original science fiction story. Click here for full instructions and the grading rubric for this assignment. The draft must be a complete story, not a story in progress.


due by sunday feburary 14th 1130pm



SCI 215SC – Science Fiction Original Story

For this assignment, you will write an original science fiction short story based on the guidelines and
parameters described below.

Assignment Guidelines
The story should be 2000-3000 words in length, double-spaced, and typed in Times New Roman, 10-
point font.

Choose one of the following inspirational themes on which to base your story.

1. Earth and Beyond
2. The Future of Food
3. Smarter, Stronger, Faster
4. The City of Tomorrow
5. The Incredible Shrinking Computer
6. The Future of Your Mind

Your story should follow the plot outline below.

Step 1: Build the World
Who are the main characters? Where do they live? When? Select a date that is just on the other side
of plausibility.

Step 2: Insert Technology Inflection Point
Choose a technology you are worried or excited about. What happens in the story that causes that
same concern or excitement?

Step 3: Explore the Ramifications
What are the consequences of the inflection point or conflict? How are the characters or setting

Step 4: Insert Human Inflection Point
How do the main characters adapt to what is going on? How do they change? What decision do they

Step 5: Reveal What We Learned
How does the setting or the main character change as a result of their reaction or interaction with the

Note: If you want some inspiration, read this short story that won a science fiction creative writing contest
sponsored by the Intel Corporation. The author wrote “The Lost Emotion” as a response to the
competition theme: “Is the Future Friendly?” It contains references to compelling technology, but the story
is about people, not just technology.

(The elements used in this assignment, primarily the story themes and plot outline steps, are derived from
The Tomorrow Project’s fiction competition. Source: “How to Create a Science Fiction Prototype.” The
Tomorrow Project. n.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2014.)

You will submit a complete draft of your story to the Dropbox no later than Sunday 11:59 EST/EDT.
(This Dropbox is linked to Turnitin.)

Your instructor will have one week to read and provide feedback. The final version is due by the
conclusion of Module 7.

Grading Rubric

Category Level I (0-3 points) Level II (4-7 points) Level III (8-10 points)

Limited descriptions of
setting (world, people
involved, conflict, etc.).

Significant but incomplete
descriptions of setting
(world, people involved,
conflict, etc.).

Complete descriptions of
setting (world, people
involved, conflict, etc.).

(Sci Fi)

Technology is not

Technology is not
completely thought out.

Technology is disruptive.

Reactions to technology is
not realistic or is not

Reactions to technological
disruption is partially
explored but
unsatisfactorily so.

Reactions are true to the
characters and are in
response to the technology


No transformation in the
character or setting as a
result of the events in the

Transformation in the story
is unrelated to the events
or is partially connected to
the plot.

Lessons learned are clear
and have some teeth to
produce a transformation in
perspective or setting.


Story is unclear and needs
significant work to improve

Story is missing some
information to improve the
clarity of the story.

Plot and storyline flows
clearly from beginning to

Total ____ / 50 points

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