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Beyond Reality

Discover the Secrets of Stellar Science Fiction Storytelling


Beyond Reality: How To Write Mindblowing Science Fiction contains content and exercises that will push your imagination to its limits. 

As part of this course, you will be expected to read and provide feedback on the writing of your fellow students. Just like a virtual writing group, we all work together to develop ideas, explore themes, and elevate skills. Interaction is key and you should understand that engaging with the course, through assignments and discussion, is a necessary part of the process.

If you’ve got what it takes to join the crew, read on to discover what’s in store.

Welcome to Beyond Reality


Throughout six separate modules, plus a diverse selection of exercises and references, Beyond Reality: How to Write Mind-blowing Science Fiction will take you through the tried and true principles behind any successful speculative story.

From foundational practices to specific, scene-based methods, you’ll learn how to find inspiration and lay down the building blocks for your stories – plus when and how to deploy your scientific detail like a seasoned pro.

Featuring stimulating quotes from genre luminaries, handy example text, and real-world illustrations from celebrated authors such as Michael Crichton, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Phillip K. Dick and H.G Wells, Beyond Reality will help you keep your eager readers turning the pages as they explore the exciting new worlds you create.

Hosted by writing tutor Daniel Kaplan, this 4-week interactive course includes weekly live streams and Q&A sessions with the AutoCrit team. You can even receive feedback on your writing from your peers should you wish to submit it.

Module 1: Reality Re-imagined

(Live Class on Monday, May 16th at 7pm Eastern US Time)

Nightmare Fuel Module - Fear Warmed Up

In this foundation-setting introductory module, we’ll walk you through: 

  • Understanding how to sculpt scientific theories and concepts into a powerful narrative – if you’re going to wield science with razor precision, it’s best if you understand its nuances. 

  • How to quickly and easily find inspiration by turning intriguing theories into exciting worlds and adventures. 

  • The surprising, and much overlooked, sources you can use to engage your muse and get cracking on new stories quicker than ever. It sure beats staring at the wall!

Module 2: Planning

Nightmare Fuel Module - Planning

Planning can be a contentious issue for authors, which is why this second module probably isn’t what you think…

Here, you’ll get a thorough understanding of

      • Story structures and when they can help or potentially hurt you as an author.

      • Why you should engage your internal architect if you want to make your story more believable… and infinitely easier to write. 

      • How to handle the ticking clock and other tension-ratcheting techniques to keep the readers glued to the page. 

      • How to foreshadow and setup payoffs for a satisfying conclusion.

 Module 3: Characters Times Infinity

(Live Class on Monday, May 23rd at 7pm Eastern US Time)

Nightmare Fuel Module - Humans and Monsters

Sci-fi allows for a seemingly endless array of characters. From humans to aliens, artificial intelligence to intelligent phytoplankton. In this module, you’ll undertake a complete exploration of:

  • How to quickly and easily generate wildly different characters, complete with realistic backstory, from scientific theories and theoretical concepts. 

  • The key elements of believable characters your readers will truly get behind – and root for them to succeed. 

  • Why misunderstanding of handling the “stakes” is one of the biggest failures you can suffer in genre storytelling, and exactly what you should do not just to get it right, but to use them as a tool to propel the reader through the story. 

  • How to bring to life a villain your readers will love to loathe – probably the best effort-to-payoff ratio of any preparatory work you can do. 

  • Secrets behind writing alternate lifeforms such as aliens, intergalactic fauna, sentient slimes, and anything else you may conjure.

  • How to borrow from reality to create unique species and cultures straight out of your own imagination.

    Backed up with pre-made custom worksheets, this module will turn all of your character- and creature-building duties into a straightforward, resistance-free process.

Module 4: Sci-Fi with Style

(Live Class on Monday, May 30th at 7pm Eastern US Time)

Nightmare Fuel Module - Horror with Style

No sci-fi story is complete without a defined style – and while style can be a personal tool, specific to any given author, there are key concerns you should be aware of.

In this module, you’ll discover:

  • How different Points of View affect your storytelling, and which kinds are best for an engaging exploration of a new universe. 

  • Why being obsessed with the minutiae of science might actually be your undoing. 

  • How to translate the way we naturally interpret the world onto the page, so readers feel like they’re truly inside your imaginary domain – and in a world they’ve never seen before. 

  • The correct way to build mood and atmosphere – and the lazy mistakes most aspiring authors make that leaves their work drenched in cliché. 

  • When to bring in the science to back up your ideas, and when to pull back and let the narrative run the show. 

  • The six core elements of any written fiction that you cannot overlook… unless you want your novel to get savaged by readers and critics alike.

Module 5: Writing Unforgettable Scenes

(Live Class on Monday, June 6th at 7pm Eastern US Time)

Nightmare Fuel Module - Writing Nerve-Shredding Scenes

In this module we take things closer… and decode the building blocks for mesmerizing scenes. 

Learn how to approach different types of scenes. Is this a build-up, where the audience is learning about the world? Is this an action scene, where the hero has found themselves fighting against an adversary? We’ll go through the different types of scenes and how to pace and construct them. 

Here’s a brief hint of something you’ll need to think about: 

Does your mind start racing from what you’ve invented?

    Module 6: Writing Hacks and Cheat Codes

    Nightmare Fuel Module - Killer Tips and Tricks

    As long as we’re recoding the universe, we might as well discuss easily accessible utilities writers can pick up when and where the need arises. 

    In this last module, we round off with a series of tips and techniques that will add that final knockout punch to your prose – completing your transformation from a writer who struggled to get readers to turn a page, into a confident master of the universe (and all its alternate dimensions). 

    At last you’ll be an author that sci-fi fans know is guaranteed to take them… Beyond Reality!

    To get you started with your new skills, we’ve even included an expanded set of 42 exclusive writing prompts – so you can flex those muscles right away.

    Bonus: Scenes Disassembled

    Nightmare Fuel - Scene Autopsies

    In addition to the examples contained within the core modules, you’ll further contextualize core teachings of the Beyond Reality course as we guide you through dissection of selected scenes from works including:

    • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. 
    • The Martian by Andy Weir
    • Hyperion by Dan Simmons
    • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
    • Contact by Carl Sagan

    Develop stronger insight into the storytelling techniques and psychological triggers at play within works from some of the most effective sci-fi authors in the business – so you know exactly how and when to use them yourself.


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    –Larry J. Dunlap


    All SYSTEMS GO: Your Future Begins Now!


    The 4-week interactive writing course, including weekly live streams and module assignments.

    Course materials presented in written, audio, and video formats. No matter how you prefer to learn, we’ve got you covered. You can even save all materials to enjoy at a later time once the course has finished.

    Easy-to-follow worksheets – including the Character Creator, Species Creator, Dynamic Scene Planner, Scientific Investigation Questionnaire, and more…

    42 stellar writing prompts to fire up your imagination.

    Specially selected Scenes Disassembled bonus, featuring breakdowns from famous works of science fiction.

    Access to the members-only AutoCrit community forum, including commenting and discussion, writing prompts and group exercises.

    Full access to AutoCrit Pro, the complete writing and editing platform to help you perfect your new visionary tales, throughout the course period.

    Attending an in-person course that provides the same wealth of instruction and activities you can find as part of every Beyond Reality class could cost you upwards of $397 depending on where you go – but we’re asking nowhere near that kind of investment today.

    Better yet, you won’t even find yourself stuck in a stuffy conference room with a lack of refreshments while you study.

    Nor will you be forced to watch the clock as your tutor umms and ahhs their way through course topics. Beyond Reality takes place at warp speed – designed to accelerate your progress with ruthless efficiency.

    Yet with the inclusion of your own private community restricted to course members, the personal interaction of attending a physical event will be readily available whenever you need it.

    Should you run into any problems, we bet you’ll even find our customer support to be stellar.

    All you have to do is step inside…

    Explore the universe of your imagination…

    And become the literary supernova you were always destined to be.

    Click the Register Now button to join us for the next scheduled course.

    Full Course Access Just


    Full course access just $149

    We think Beyond Reality: How to Write Mindblowing Sci-Fi is an out-of-this-world experience for any creative writer.

    But if you don’t believe that anything you’ve encountered throughout the course has helped make you a better science fiction author, we’re not just going to jettison you out the airlock. Your purchase is an investment in your skills as a writer – so it’s only fair you expect an improvement in your abilities.

    If you feel that hasn’t happened, just let us know within 60 days of purchase and we’ll be happy to offer you a full refund. It’s as simple as that.

    So it’s time for your mission to begin. Your readers will love your newfound aptitude for all things sci-fi!