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And with my work beginning to appear between hard covers, and with movie and radio agents interested in my stories, the technique apparently has justified itself. Even at this intermediate stage, it is difficult to imagine that, only twenty years ago, science fiction authors were selling their work for a third of a cent a word on publication. But then it is equally hard to believe that today atomic energy, that old standby of science fiction, is an accomplished fact. Soon, the first atomic war will also be fact and not fiction—but if you are planning to write a science fiction story leave the atomic war alone.
And after all, a story without sonic complication (if it can be called a story) is a drab affair indeed, with little chance of gaining a publisher's check. 52 COMPLICATION IN THE SCIENCE FICTION STORY WRITE a story with a full and conscious knowledge of technique. Whenever my mind blurs, no matter how slightly, on a point of technique, there my story starts to sag, and I have to go back, consciously think it over, spot the weakness, and repair it according to the principles by which I work. It is these principles which I intend to describe in the following pages.
Now, let's see what it looks like in practise. I wakened with a start, and thought: How was Renfrew taking it? I must have moved physically, for black- ness edged with pain closed over me. How long I lay in that agonized faint, I have no 60 COMPLICATION IN THE SCIENCE FICTION STORY means of knowing. My next awareness was of the thrusting of the engines that drove the spaceship. Slowly this time, consciousness came. I lay very quiet, feeling the weight of my years of sleep, determined to follow the routine prescribed so long ago by Pelham.