Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert A. Heinlein

4 out of 5

I like this because it’s more of a space opera which is more favorite sci-fi subgenre. It details the life of a slave that grows up to find his family and strike a blow against slavery. He meets many cultures and interesting people along the way, and the worldbuilding for space faring cultures is complex and rich. It still holds up well decades after it was first published.


The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

4 of 5

A man’s pysche is deconstructed with a murder mystery puzzle with cosmic stakes. It’s came across as people playing Clue in a in a futuristic setting at first, and I couldn’t understand why it became a classic. He may’ve come up with this concept before the game or movie first but the “people playing Clue in a scifi setting” impression ruined it for me. I gave it the rating I thought it deserved even if the premise is cliche to a modern reader.

January 2018-Free Scifi Writing Prompt

These are the type of scifi writing prompts you’ll see in my upcoming scifi writing prompt releases in 2018.

What if this became a sport? Or a nation’s military policy was based on the outcome of this competition and there were passionate interested parties on both sides?

Are Robots Better Pilots? NASA Pits Human Pilot vs. AI And Here’s What Happened

You can see which scifi prompts I’m writing up in the Khiatons Monthly/Update mailing list

A Fantastic Start to the New Year for January 4, 2018

This is a cute custom in real life but what if a rare delicacy was needed to assure a good year in a fantasy story and the task was assigned to a hero? If you want to make it epic perhaps the meal is needed to appease a capricious supernatural patron?

New Year’s Day: Good Luck Foods for the New Year

Shelton Sharpe may not be the most powerful of magicians, but he is the shiftiest!


Changes in Khiatons Monthly Writing Prompt Features in 2018

There will only be one prompt each per month, though written up more fully than in the past. My recent purchase of KDP Rocket has inspired changes to my scifi and fantasy writing prompts features.

I still regularly scan trending news for story ideas and will share what I find in indie published books that KDP Rocket says should have a market. These will be written up and include links to the material. I don’t mind giving away ideas because some of the ones I come up with would make for interesting reading but aren’t ones I want to write myself.

I believe I should have a booklet ready to put out in a month because there are ideas I don’t post that are worthwhile but don’t have a convenient Youtube video to illustrate them. I will include links for articles that inspired the story ideas in the booklets. However, only the writing prompts posted on the Khiatons page will have an embedded Youtube video.

I’m doing this both as a test of KDP Rocket and because it would be good to have some compensation for my work. The free scifi and fantasy monthly prompts will be to assure any readers that the booklets have worthwhile information.

I enjoy reading popular books but I believe basing story ideas on trending articles instead of popular books leads to more original work or injects some fresh material into your templates if you’re writing to market but need to mix things up. I’ll still scan trending articles no matter what, but it’s a good public service to curate them for fellow authors, and being compensated for it may help underwrite my own writing.