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November 16th, 2010, 09:27 AM #16
But SF tells us that the future will be different no matter what. But what we do now affects how the future will be different. So how do we decide? Technology has given us more options though.
So what does that make available to everybody for free?
November 23rd, 2010, 08:19 AM #17
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Its a superhero themed B-movie script.
November 23rd, 2010, 11:15 AM #18
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November 24th, 2010, 05:01 PM #19
December 3rd, 2011, 11:51 PM #20
There is a significant amount of Vorkosigan fan fiction.
This story isn't bad.
The first 2/3rds was OK, then it got boring for a while then better again.
I think it references the true Bujold stories too much and the physics is hopeless. But the overall story is interesting and he does a pretty good job of capturing the characters
There is another story The Long Way to Escobar. It was going OK then it has a sex scene with Aral and Illiyan. Obviously fanfic writers can do whatever they want but if that is what they intend to do I want a warning before I waste time starting the story. LOL
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December 4th, 2011, 10:55 AM #21
It's not as if there weren't a lot of unanswered questions 40-50 years ago, making "hard SF" somehow easier to write and giving it a wider appeal. We've answered a lot of questions, but found so many more to ask in the meantime. And hard SF has moved on from simpler concepts (like advanced computers) to much harder ones (like the actual structure of the universe).
To some extent, all SF comes down to "hand-wavium" in some element of the story, since, if it didn't need that element to satisfy its existence, it would be science fact. All that is needed for "hard SF" is to provide a good-enough description of "hand-wavium" to satisfy readers, or a good enough reasoning as to why we should expect to have discovered it by the time of the story, and you're good... and if you're a really good author, your audience might not even know which element is your "hand-wavium."
December 5th, 2011, 08:29 PM #22
It doesn't matter if Benjamin Franklin knew more about electricity than the average person 75 years later. The average person in 1850 didn't need to know how to jump one automobile from another. A person does not need to be a SCIENTIST or an ENGINEER to know that the distribution of steel is important in holding up a skyscraper. How can astronomers not understand gravity and its relevance to skyscrapers even if they don't deal with skyscrapers. The way this society compartMENTALIZES knowledge is ridiculous.
But I worked for IBM for years and never encountered the term von Neumann machines. Our so called educational techniques are built on getting people to memorize as much as they NEED TO KNOW. Most to the time the information isn't even presented in a manner to be logically understood.
The courses are designed to take up a specific amount of time for the educational systems concept of average student in that venue.
The cool thing about GOOD science fiction is that it often shows how different areas of knowledge relate to each other and that the compartments are artificial delusions. Often created by people trying to make themselves look smart.
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