Sci-Fi Circuit by Jenna Avery

Sci-Fi Circuit: Sci-fi screenwriter and writing coach Jenna Avery explores what makes great sci-fi, what it takes to make sci-fi spec scripts sell in today’s market, and how to master the art of sci-fi screenwriting. Jenna’s articles about the craft of sci-fi, her reviews of sci-fi features, and and her interviews with industry experts and working screenwriters are designed to help sci-fi screenwriters discover how to make their scripts marketable, well-structured, effective, and meaningful in this unusual and important genre with the power to provoke cultural insight.

Sci-Fi Circuit: The Purpose and Value of Science Fiction

Does sci-fi serve a purpose beyond that of entertainment or escapism? Why do we write, read, and love sci-fi? Arthur Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey) once said, “There’s no real objection to escapism, in the right places… We all want to escape occasionally. But science fiction is often very far from...

Sci-Fi Circuit: The Magic of World Building

What does it take to make a sci-fi world real? As a science fiction fan, I love to be transported into new and fantastical worlds. As a sci-fi screenwriter, I’m fascinated by understanding what it takes to make that happen, and happen well? It’s not just a pretty gadget Part of...

Ender's Game

Sci-Fi Circuit: What Makes It Sci-Fi?

I was indoctrinated into the world of sci-fi by my father at the tender age of nine, when he handed me my first sci-fi book, The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke. Right around the same time, I saw Star Wars. I was hooked. Together, they changed my life....