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  1. #1 What level of detail in science-fiction literature? 
    Forum Ph.D. Raziell's Avatar
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    Do scientists that read science fiction literature frown upon lack of explanations in details as to how and why things work as the writer presents them?

    Ive began work on a book and im not sure how much research i should do on particular issues.

    If i write about a flying fortress held in the air by fusion powered anti-gravity boosters it sure sounds fancy on paper and for the "common folks", but should i try to discover the theories behind how it would work in reality and present this to the reader aswell - or would this only bore readers?

    Those of you that consider yourself scientists - do you frown upon lack of detail and explanation in science fiction, or is the story more important? If explanations were to be added - that could work in theory, would that cause you to enjoy such books more?


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    I am only a student, but I thought that I'd reply anyway. I do enjoy books much more if plausible explanations are added. In my opinion, it's okay to make an assumption, for example that there are worm-holes, and then make deductions from this assumption. If the book's too crammed with these assumptions, it might get a bit too much. There still has to be a logical consistency.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thyristor
    I am only a student, but I thought that I'd reply anyway. I do enjoy books much more if plausible explanations are added. In my opinion, it's okay to make an assumption, for example that there are worm-holes, and then make deductions from this assumption. If the book's too crammed with these assumptions, it might get a bit too much. There still has to be a logical consistency.
    All opinions are appreciated, so much thanks!

    The reason i was hoping for replies from scientists in particular is that you cant get better criticism than from them on stuff like this imo.
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