None of that really matters much without first acknowledging that my speculative fiction story is NOT a prediction or forecasting of the future. No true speculive fiction is attempting to do so. A speculative fiction story that is more about the advancements of technology than the state of Humanity is little more than a windy infomercial of wonders yet to be, if they are to be at a
It’s all about the story. See you on the bookshelves. Larry Mike Garmon
From now on, I’m using a dagger when I wrote my scenes rather than a broadsword. Using a dagger rather than a broadsword when writing scenes allows me to sneak in the bladed information before my victim (my reader) knows what has happened.
No reader settles into a comfy chair wrapped in a Snuggly in front of a warm fire to curdle up to a Prologue.
In all honesty, the vast majority of the reading public probably doesn’t know the difference any way, so why should writers and editors care?
As writers, we don’t do anything normally. Instead of walking up to our readers and saying, “Hi, I’m So-and-So,” we goose them with words—images evoking emotions—and hope they will like the pleasant conversation (story) that follows.