Jules Verne, considered one of the fathers of science-fiction (sci-fi), liked to write about going places people could not really go to or had not been before.
He wrote about exploring the core of the earth in Journey to the Center of the Earth. His fantastic tale 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea takes readers deep, deep into the ocean in a submarine, a fairly new invention. From the Earth to the Moon shoots adventurers to the moon in a metal rocket long before space travel had been invented.
Sci-fi writers like to “boldly go where no man has gone before,” in the words of the original Star Trek series, and they like to take their readers there as well.
Now it’s your turn: Write a story in which someone goes where others have not gone before or have rarely gone. It can be a fanciful sci-fi story or any other kind of story you want it to be.
If you don’t have time to complete a whole story, take a few minutes to brainstorm impossible (or nearly impossible) places or situations for a story.
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