Most science-fiction stories start with an event — something large that sets everything in motion. It can be the destruction of the earth, or the discovery of time travel, or, in my case, North Korea getting uppity (and yeah, I got a fair amount of email yesterday about the attack on Yeonpyeong. Not my fault, I promise). The event might not be “on camera” in the book, but it does set the stage for everything that comes after.
So, what’s your favorite kickoff event to a sci-fi story? The discovery of the obelisk in 2001? The civil war in Firefly? Share ’em below!