Bringing It Down to Earth: Crafting Grounded Sci-Fi

Webinars ~ Genre Series
Hosted By:
Edward Leer - Development Executive, Crystal Sky Pictures

If you’re a sci-fi writer or have a new idea in that realm, you’ve probably heard industry professionals use the term “grounded sci-fi” without much context as to what they actually mean. So what is it, and how does grounded sci-fi differ from “elevated”? Is one better than the other? Easier or more difficult or write? Lend itself more to fresh or high concept ideas? More importantly, why is grounded sci-fi so appealing to industry pros, and how do you write it well? 

This 45-Min. Webinar Covers:

  • What we mean when we say "grounded" sci-fi
  • Crafting a compelling hook with a fresh sci-fi element
  • Clearly establishing the stakes and tone 
  • Creating compelling characters given extensive world-building
  • Keeping it all within budget
More about
Edward Leer
Development Executive
Crystal Sky Pictures

A graduate of the University of Iowa and Chapman University with a degree in English and Screenwriting, Ed Leer works in development for Crystal Sky (JL Ranch, NO WAY OUT). Previously, Ed was involved in development as well as writing for television for Cinemax (QUARRY) and Shondaland (THE CATCH) as well as a development executive at SP Entertainment (RAMBO: LAST BLOOD, GHOST RIDER). Ed strives to find stories that are rich in character, genre appeal and showcase interesting concepts.


Edward was fantastic. He had a good, low-key vibe and really good insights. It didn't hurt that he thought I had a solid idea!

~ Harker Jones, Screenwriter

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