A scientist reviewed my SF novel
by, January 3rd, 2011 at 06:55 AM (310 Views)
My college degree was in Russian. I don't have a formal education in science, though I love the physical sciences as a lay person. Mostly I write fantasy. The Venom of Vipers was my first real attempt at writing sci-fi, and my biggest fear was that some scientist would come along and blow my cover, revealing me as a hack. I did quite a bit of research, but I pulled some of the science out of my behind and prayed it was plausible enough to squeak by.
Yesterday, I got a review from someone who's a scientist. She wrote, "Generally when I read science fiction books, especially biotech books, I sit there and groan at the inaccurate science. This is the curse of being a scientist in an age when most sci-fi writers aren't. Venom of Vipers was a glaring exception." The complete review is at http://www.amazon.com/review/R38499U8LD2CII
The relief and elation I feel is indescribable! The research has paid off, and I owe a big thank you to the kind folks at scienceforums.net who patiently answered my questions and pointed me in the right direction when I didn't quite understand.