Monday, September 7, 2015
Judging Science Fiction (part 1)
What books and movies go out of style more quickly than science fiction? It might be safe to say that science fiction is the genre that often faces the harshest scrutiny, especially over time. Where are the flying cars? The teleportation devices? Hand-held laser pistols? None of these have yet come to pass, and when an author's vision falls flat in reality, it's difficult to suspend disbelief and become immersed in that author's world. There's also a very fine line with science fiction when it comes to actual facts. If the author gets something wrong and it doesn't align with current science, the rest of the work is often disregarded. What can a sci-fi author do to avoid these pitfalls?