Putting the Science in Fiction: Expert Advice for Writing with Authenticity in Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Other Genres
Thanks to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Putting the Science in Fiction is a reference for genre fiction writers that was developed from my "Science in Sci-fi, Fact in Fantasy" blog series. Each week, I invite engineers, scientists, doctors, and other experts to discuss common misconceptions about their field and to offer advice for writers who want to get the details right. Now we've collected much of that knowledge into a book with Writers Digest.
This book contai ...more
Dan Koboldt's Science in Sci-fi blog series has a fantastic online resource for years. This book, published by Writer's Digest, collects some forty of those pieces to create a fantastic print and ebook resource for writers or inquisitive readers. The diversity of material is absolutely fascinating. From proper lab technique to touring the human genome to correctly depicting mental illness to computer hacking to building spaceships--this has it all ...more
Of course, as is the case with any book of this type, I found some of the sections more useful and interesting than others. Some gave me useful nudges, some gave me sparks of inspiration, and others made me argue, "yes, but ...more
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine. Pub Date 16 Oct 2018. #PuttingTheScienceInFiction #NetGalley
The editor, Dan Koboldt, put together an excellent, top-notch collection of articles about a variety of science and tech fields that are commonly misused or misrepresented in popular sci-fi. These misuses drive actual scientists and tech people in audiences batty, because the whole suspension-of-disbelief crashes when you know the process or underlying science just doesn't work that way. It drives me batty, too, which is why I wr ...more
I have served on various book judging committees over the years. Recently I was part of a group picking the best science fiction for the year. I’m not going to say where or when, but it’s a list where the jury is still out.
But it made me think about what makes good science fiction – and conversely what doesn’t. Which led me to not one but two books in the virtually towering TBR pile, Putting the Science in Fiction and The Science of Science Fiction, both of ...more
By the way, while I read the first couple of chapter, Sheldon and Penny from The Big Bang Theory television series popped in my head. I can actually see Sheldon handing Penny this book for her to learn about science and writing! I had to c ...more
The book is comprised of essays by different experts telling of things in pop culture that makes them cringe. The majority of the essays then tell you how to fix that in your own writing. Many of these have a sense of humor making education fun without having the feelin ...more
The only complaint I had, to be honest, were that the explanations were a bit brief. If someone has done a little bit of research, they may have already hit all the 'do not do's ...more
My spouse found this at the local public library and brought it home for me, knowing I’ve been trying to write science fiction. I’m glad she did. Not only is there plenty of useful information, but the chapters are short and the writers are each experts in their fields.
Much of this information is available on Dan Koboldt’s blog site, which I’ve bookmarked for future reference as I continue to write sci-fi. Personally, I think filmmakers need this more than book authors — I’m far more likely to s...more
Granted many of the experts within this reference book do in fact provide really excellent constructive feedback and give you good tips into extending your writing into the realm of some believability. The one about portraying mental illnesses I found particular useful ...more
(I just wish that the few sections where experts rant about how books and movies got it wrong had been revisited. It's so much more helpful to tell writers how to get it right ...more
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. ...more
This book is a great resource for writers, particularly SF writers. We cannot possibly be knowledgeable in ALL fields of science in order to write SF and this book is the perfect answer. It covers an array of scientific topics and gives you the skinny on the science behind them. It allows for someone unfamiliar with those scientific topics to understand some basics, and best of all, prevent glaring mistakes. It debunks a lot of the myths fic ...more
On the science fiction/fantasy spectrum, I definitely lean more toward the fantasy end. As long as the science is "close enough" (even for things I KNOW are wrong), the story is more important to me. I'm okay with some hand waving and "comic book science" as long as the characters and integrity of the plot carry the story.
Overall, this book definitely served that end. It provided just enough ...more
When your spaceship dramatically explodes into a fiery cataclysm, scientists everywhere are screaming (with laughter). Of course, in space no one can hear you scream. However, you should also know that without oxygen, you know like in outer space, fiery explosions can’t occur. To avoid gig ...more
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