IO9, a wonderful site (in my humble opinion) on all things scifi and fantasy, has unleashed a list of 10 rules they would like writers of science fiction and fantasy to break more often.
- No third-person omniscient
- No prologues
- Avoid infodumps
- Fantasy novels have to be series instead of standalones
- No portal fantasy (= gateways between worlds)
- No FTL (=Faster Than Light, for travelling)
- Women can’t write “hard” science fiction.
- Magic has to be just a minor part of a fantasy world
- No present tense
- No “unsympathetic” characters
I feel like I have managed to break many of these rules, so far. Rules, as usual, are made to be broken. Otherwise they are no fun. If you feel like going into the full article, please follow this link to IO9.