Alec Nevala-Lee

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Norman Spinrad on the rules of imaginary science

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1. Be internally consistent, no matter how much or how little you explain.
2. Any fake fact must be planted in the reader’s mind early in the story, well before it surfaces as the means to solve an important problem.
3. Know when to stop explaining.
4. Pay attention to how real science evolves.

Norman Spinrad, in The Craft of Science Fiction

Written by nevalalee

January 1, 2012 at 10:00 am

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