Robots

While I've been suggesting that sci fi and fantasy characters work because they embody human struggles, science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer posits that sci fi characters, at least, are actually robots. "Real people," says Sawyer, "are quite accidental, the result of a random jumbling of genes and a chaotic life. But story people are made to order to do a specific job. In other words, robots!" Sawyer suggests that science fiction characters must be constructed according to their premises. While this suggestion may seem contradictory to earlier discussions in this guide, Sawyer highlights the particular importance of premise in science fiction.

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