1. The thing about sci-fi is simplicity: a plot running like a monorail straight into distance, characters who lack complexity. The hero slays a dragon. Three moons rise, one after another. Lacking a steed, the heroine summons a dragon out of the turbulent sea. 2. A reader says: “I don’t understand. Nothing like that has ever happened to me. “The trains here Mostly run on time. Most days we dine a little after eight. “Little happens here that we cannot with ease anticipate. “Quirks of character are what engage and make me want to turn the page.” 3. None the less the three moons rise, shedding rosy light on a vast plain. An alien wizard with compound eyes pauses briefly to explain how things happen in this place outside ordinary time and space.