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8/5/12 12:51 P

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Settings can sometimes come in the discription of a place they had lived and maybe moved away from. It all depends on how you want to handle it.

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10/30/11 8:13 A

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OH WOW, Firefly is awesome!

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10/30/11 12:01 A

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I'll keep these thoughts in mind.

Elfmage, for me the "near future" is anything less than 10 years out (but usually more than 2-3 years from now)

Unfortunately the way the story seems to want to progress it's going to be an important distinction because of the way the technology plays into the story. It's the first real commercial flight to the moon, the private company that owns the "train" is financially in trouble, and the murder victim's laptop/tablet/netbook/blackberry (whatever it may be) is crucial to the plot (maybe?!/ probably)

I blame my husband for this mess by the way, he got it into my brain by getting me to watch Joss Weldon's Firefly series! (it's awesome btw, please please check it out!!)

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10/28/11 4:20 P

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It depends on how you define "near" future. My issue with calling it near future and meaning really close to present day would be believability as to having a train that goes to the moon. But at the same time, you don't have to put exactly how far in the future the story is. The real factor will be how you show the setting and world over all. It depends on how much of an issue you want to put on the actual timeline, the more you mention what year is involved, I would think the more you have to worry about people questioning the technology and such.

I'm probably not being of much help. So in summary, I would go far enough to make the story believable but you don't have to tell the reader exactly how far in the future it is. Just build the world and show it enough that the reader becomes immersed in it and the story.

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10/28/11 4:00 P

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It seems odd, but check the episode of Doctor Who titled "Midnight," from season Four. If you have Netflix, it is on streaming. It would be a perfect reference point for the tight quarters kind of space mystery that you are writing. Perfect. :)

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10/28/11 3:58 P

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It seems to me a near future story would be better especially since that's what you want to do.
Then there's also the possibility of having your characters grandchildren reading or watching a video about what their grandparents had done in the "old days". In other words, begin in the future, coming back to the now!! love, Darlene

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10/28/11 11:27 A

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Not overly helpful, but for me, the characters are more important than the setting.

I do have a couple suggestions/questions to think about for you, though.

1) Which setting suits your plot better? Would the plot be better served by moon colonies or would that be a distracting side trip (such as my novels usually end up on. *sigh*)

2) Why not do both? One story set in the near future and then another set (on the same train) years in the future.

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Ok, so I have this potboiler going on in my brain right now, I'm just not sure about how I want to set up my story world. My story is basically A Mystery on the Orient Express type deal, only the train is on it's way to the moon (yeah, got the idea from a dream of all things lol). But anyway, given things like the X Prize (it was an award that was given away a few years ago for a private company basically building an operable space ship) Theoretically my story could be set in the near future (where things like netbooks and ipads are readily availiable, and the ship would only be circling the moon for a few days before it heads back to Earth... or it would land and let the occupants do a space walk or something as part of their trip)... or I would set it maybe 50 to 100 years into the future. Given the rate of technological advances the technology availiable in 100 years would be comparable to the differences between what we had in the 1700's to now (at least).

Part of me really wants to go near future with this, just to ground the story a little more, and maybe throw a few neat new things in there... but it still gives me a realistic world to work with.

On the other hand, going farther into the future would allow me to really play with setting and make more of it up in my mind like moon colonies, that sort of thing. (a note on my writing styles, I do a ton of background writings about my settings and my characters that way if I ever want to revisit my story world, I have the ground rules already written.... and hopefully if I do, I won't wind up with Canonical mistakes, like what sometimes happens to prolific writers like Mercedes Lackey lol)

I'm really having a hard time looking at this objectively! So I'll ask, which would you rather read about and why, a near future that maybe 5 or 6 years down the pike.... or an immersive story world that is 100 or more years off?

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