When developing story plots and ideas, try using the "what if" or "supposing" strategy. Here is a simple menu to stimulate science fiction story ideas.
Supposing, you travel to a new planet and: Cannot get back to the space ship.
Have to rescue a prisoner.
Supposing, pollution has almost ruined the world and: Robots rule but a small band of humans are left.
Supposing, friendly aliens visit our world and: One is left behind and is in danger of being captured by a greedy zoo keeper.
Supposing, someone invents: A time travel machine.
A robot that is exactly like a human but becomes evil.
A robot that does the opposite of what it should do.
A computer that hypnotises people.
Supposing, you live in a future age and: Humans are enslaved to cruel aliens.
Cruel robots rule the earth.
A small band of humans tries to start a new colony on a hostile world Pie Corbett is a literacy consultant