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Science Fiction Writing Tip 3: Check to be certain the things you assume won't change in the future haven't already changed.

Yes, I know. It's obvious that the music popular with high school kids in your time will be popular decades and centuries from now. That political parties will still have exactly the same platforms. That people will drink the same alcoholic beverages, eat the same foods, watch the same TV programs Americans have watched for centuries. And, of course, that none of these things have changed during your lifetime.

But humor me, and check.
For New Science Fiction Writers #1 Make a list of sf ideas which whose earliest use you've seen was in movies or television. Make another list of ones whose earliest use you've seen was in written sf.

If the first list is longer, you haven't read nearly enough science fiction.
"Someone tried to steal your brain."

Female voice; no picture.

"Excuse me?" Tom Rymore said. "Who is this?"

"This is the Minneapolis University Synesthesia Project. Someone tried to make an unauthorized copy of your brain recording. She was caught in the act."

"What happened to her?"

"At the moment, she is on the phone with you. She has agreed to do volunteer work, and to participate in more experimental studies than she had originally intended."