What I Need In A Science Fiction Novel To Get Me To Read It


  1. It should have a city enclosed in a transparent dome, whether glass, plastic, a force field, or some exotic form of matter of energy.
  2. That’s about it.
  3. Really, yeah, give me a domed city and you can have just about whatever else you want in the story.
  4. Thank you.

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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

5 thoughts on “What I Need In A Science Fiction Novel To Get Me To Read It”

    1. A good question! I like both, but there is a shortage of domed cities in each. I’d count the first episode of Voyager as having your proper-style domed city, though, and notice my interest in the show dropped off as soon as they got away from that and into time-anomaly holodecks.

      The starbase in Star Trek Beyond is pretty near to being a domed city, too, and that did mark when I started getting really enthusiastic for it.

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    1. You know, before the pandemic, I’d say yes. Right now, though, I’d just like a domed city where things are basically all right and the big problem is, like, someone got the wrong new-robot-body delivered and they have to tough it out for a couple weeks before the new one can be shipped.

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