Science-fantasy is known for its high adventure across cosmically sprawling settings, using scientific and magical concepts to tell action- and drama-packed stories.
But! With so many ideas of fantasy and science fiction often jammed into one setting, writers need to do a lot of groundwork to help the reader understand what kind of setting we’re in, and what is considered ‘normal’ for the story and its characters. That way, when we depart from these norms, the reader can fully appreciate the circumstances the characters find themselves in.
Let’s have a look from one of the early sections in Phoenix by S.F. Said, where the protagonist, Lucky, has just woken up from a prophetic dream.