Late last year I asked you all a question – What do you expect from a fantasy novel? What do you want from a fantasy novel?

The responses were fantastic and encouraging (and far more detailed than expected), and since I’m now at the very beginning of plotting my first sci-fi novel – a genre I haven’t read anywhere near as much as I’ve read fantasy – I thought I’d ask again!

So, to all you readers and writers of sci-fi! What do you expect when you pick up a sci-fi novel? What do you want to see, and what do you really not want to see? What would immediately spoil the experience for you, and what would make it great?

Please share your wisdom with me in the comments. Pull up a beanbag, grab a cookie, and let’s talk sci-fi!

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