Those crazy idears

It’s funny where you get ideas for stories. For science fiction stories, I usually get my ideas by reading something and then thinking about taking it to an extreme; or by thinking about the unexpected way that things would happen.

Tonight I got an idea for a science fiction story from Coldplay’s song, “Fix You”. As I listened to the song on the way home from work, the climactic scene of the story just kind of formed in my head.

Harlan Ellison gets his ideas from a mail-order idea factory in Schenectady. I get mine from Coldplay songs. Go figure.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.