Sunday, August 25, 2019

If only it were that easy!

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I like to say that I gained my first experience writing science fiction by writing bids and final reports for DOD and DOE, and that's not entirely false.

But you know what? Those papers required substantially less research than I did for Salt Magic and Tangled Magic, my Regency fantasy series. Even the Applied Topology series required research into the CIA, Central Asia, Greek folklore, and where to play poker in Barcelona - to name but a few subjects.

Then again, I like research, not to mention it generates plot ideas, so I guess I shouldn't complain.


  1. lol - and here I was considering adding a comment to your post about new discoveries in space kind of backing up some of the things that have appeared in science fiction novels - either the writers were prescient or had an understanding of what was already proven and/or believed to build on. Yeah, you've got to get at least the basics right before you start your flights of fancy. Otherwise, unbelievable fiction just isn't that entertaining imo.

  2. Ha. If they were prescient, why can't Scotty beam me up yet?

  3. Good point! Just finished Kameron Hurley's The Light Brigade in which the techies have figured out how to "drop" soldiers into battle sites via a version of the Scotty beam me up. It results in messing with the timelines of some of the soldiers and the whole mess of trying to "fix" things via different timelines with different results. A bit mind bending, and they run into the same issues as Scotty with some of the coming together once dropped resulting in body parts in the wrong place and materializing within objects like trees and walls. Yeah, that technology, if we ever figure it out, will always be scary for our generation I'd guess.

  4. Especially if you ever saw Galaxyquest! Remember what happened to the pig-thing?


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