SEE JK ROWLINGS HARRY POTTER THOUGHT PROCESS ON PAPER
This is mind boggling. Regardless of whether or not you’ve ever written a book, you should have some knowledge of the amount of effort and research that goes into it. Of course, with wizard fiction most of the research comes from your own dusty old brain box, but that’s neither here nor there.
Perhaps the most loved series of books to date (depending on who you ask), the Harry Potter series chronicles a vast world littered with subplot after subplot, action, love, loss, and anything you could hope to want out of a story. Well, except for politics, but who likes to read about that. A story this expansive is bound to have scads of notes and ideas involved with it, and today we get a look at how author JK Rowling kept all of them in order.
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It blows my mind seeing JKR’s ideas on paper at the source here. Can you imagine the notes for the whole series?
FROM FANTASY TO REALITY: HOW SCIENCE FICTION HAS INFLUENCED TECHNOLOGY
Instead of cruising in on a hoverboard, I rode my bike to the office today. The bicycle was invented in the 19th century. Almost the whole journey was on a form of tarmac, invented at the end of that same century. Instead of taking a pill for breakfast, I had a bacon roll, cooked using gas. Science fiction has lied to us.
Making predictions is tricky, especially about the future, as physicist Niels Bohr quipped. In science fiction, you can’t escape that challenge, though. Since the inception of the genre in the 19th century, writers have tirelessly imagined the things to come; gadgets that humankind will invent to make life easier. But in so many instances, those promises have not come to pass. The biggest disappointments are in travel – jet packs, hoverboards and flying cars are yet to fill the skies. Air travel has become significantly cheaper and wide-reaching, but only using distinctly 20th-century technology: commercial aeroplanes are much the same as they were 50 years ago.
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Interesting article, I hadn’t thought of the influences of sci-fi like this. What do you think?
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