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For Writers and Readers: Cursing in Other Worlds


Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer Meraki P. Lyhne:

Both writers and readers can join in here. Cussing in the future or in Fantasy worlds. What would readers find belivable? Like do the even consider that many derive from Christianity? Which wouldn’t be belivable in a world without the religion. And in the future? How original should the author be to make a belivable change to vocabulary?

I am writing a futuristic story in which I am struggling with this – would my characters still say damn and crap and shit two hundred years on? Would it sound pretentious to make up my own curses?

I was always partial to “shards” in Anne McCaffrey’s Pern and “frack” in Battlestar Galactica.

So what do y’all think?

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1 thought on “For Writers and Readers: Cursing in Other Worlds”

  1. Pick two easy and memorable ones, repeat them often enough so that the reader recognizes them, and go with them. One problem with writing SciFi is that everything is variable, but varying everything means a reader won’t understand a single sentence without an elaborate glossary.


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