This prompt explores the ways in which relationship problems can affect other areas of life, with lots of room for a sci-fi plot to develop.
Following a bitter divorce, an astronomer sets up residence in the observatory where he works. As he becomes more secluded — and possibly unhinged — his astronomical findings become more bizarre.
Take this writing prompt for a spin:
- What caused the astronomer’s divorce?
- Is he living in the observatory out of financial necessity, or is he retreating from life outside of his work?
- What sort of things is he seeing in the sky, and in what ways does his current mental state make people react? Does he believe what he’s seeing is real?
- Are there any colleagues/friends/family that the astronomer has contact with?