How vivid is your imagination for a sci-fi book?

Discuss the June 2017 Book of the Month, Superhighway by Alex Fayman. Superhighway is the first book in the Superhighway Trilogy, so feel free to use this forum to discuss not only the first book but also the other books in the series.

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How vivid is your imagination for a sci-fi book?

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AS superhighway tends to be very imaginary and of a mental stimulating genre, how do you think you can respond to the task of making your fantasies surpass the world you reside in and creating a more surreal context?
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Do you mean how do I imagine alternative worlds when reading, or how I would describe them when writing?

When reading, obviously I have to start from what the author wrote, but I guess everyone has their own mental picture. We can't know for sure exactly what anyone else's is like and that's kind of a neat thing about reading as opposed to films and TV. Indeed I've been disappointed with film and TV versions of books I've read because they weren't as I'd imagined them.

When writing I always visualize other worlds very clearly and it can sometimes be a struggle to find the words that work the hardest to convey the image to the reader.

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yeah well said,
though I meant when writing, since reading is usually guided and doesn't much to creativity , it's just the picturing of the imagery already provided in the book; but when writing everything comes from the perception of the mind, and how wide and colorful the world we create may be, depends on ones unique thoughts and wild ability to imagine the unimaginable.
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Well I just wrote a poem with a post apocalyptic setting. There were some images which drew on things that did not belong to the fictional world - smoked salmon and old pub curtains, to be precise. When asked, a reader did say that it was a bit strange to have images that came from another world. So I will have to think of other substances that are present in the post-apocalyptic world to make it fit better somehow.

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Oh! Sounds interesting, if you don't mind, I'd love to have a look at it, maybe bid in some ideas,
And don't worry about it, like you said everyone has his own unique range of wilderness, some would seem weird to a certain category of people others would rejoice and its variety and uniqueness, it all depends on your audience and where are you coming from, in the message conveying process.
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I might post in the poetry forum :)

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cool, I'll be in the look out for that ;)
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I think it can get very vivid depending on what the book is about and level of interest. I have a genuine appreciation for books that take my mind to new places.

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I would lice to think that I could imagine all these places and happenings, but realistically, I do not have that capability. I love how sci fi on screen is. If I read a sci fi book then watch the movie then I can go back and enjoy the book more with those sciences and images.

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I tend to be able to imagine places described very well. I do art and draw, and I know when a book is really good because I am able to picture artwork for places and things described in the book.
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I grew up reading sci-fi and fantasy, so I've never had any problems imagining what was going on. Especially with a decent writer.
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Though I have read literally thousands of books in my lifetime, I don't have the ability to write stories. I can conjure up all kinds of vivid things in my imagination, but I can't transfer them to writing.

My creative pursuits are in the visual arts...painting, collage, quilting, etc!

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It isn't that complex of a task, most people get stuck in the creative part , imagining of world of surealism isn't a handed gift, transferring it into words relies merely on ones diction, and the wealth of ones literary readings.
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I read a lot of sci-fi/fantasy novels, so I believe that I have a well-developed imagination. I really enjoy being able to imagine everything in a novel such as this.
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The book scenes crop in my mind every-time I see a young person who is struggling with unemployment in possession of a computer . They can access anything they want.
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