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Trying to be scientifically accurate in sci-fi is a sucker's game. Just like how you had authors making the piltdown man plot critical, there's stuff now I'm sure will have been found to be based on discredited theories in the future, cuz science is always moving. Space-fantasy like Star Wars will always be timeless because of how generic all the "science" is. Well, for the original trilogy anyway. Don't get me started on the legion of tech manuals and expanded universe stuff...

Using the term “hard scifi” to talk about scifi that emphasizes plausibility and extrapolation is maybe one of the greatest public relations and publicity failures of all time. The name implies a lot of things, all of which are bad, and very few of which are actually true.

Sure, there are bad examples of hard scifi – there are lots of unreadable scifi stories about “two engineers discussing relativity as they get sucked down a black hole,” as Cory Doctorow put it. Then again, there are lots of bad examples of steampunk stories, romance stories, any kind of story you can name.

It can, though, be done well…and some writers do very interesting things with it. These kinds of stories don’t have to be intimidating…the whole point of a story is that you learn as you go. If a science writer wanted to be intimidating, they would be doing something other than writing a novel. 

The appeal of scifi that has an element of plausibility is that it activates the same part of your brain that lights up when you enjoy detective novels, the logical reasoning portion Forrest Ackerman, one of the founders of modern fandom in the 1930s, once said that if science fiction never existed, he would be a fan of detective novels, because the same processes are at work in both.

Here’s a few recommendations if “talky, techy” scifi that could really happen is more your bag, and might even change your mind about that entire field if you give them a chance:

Dragon’s Egg by Robert L. Forward. This story is about human explorers who find a planet orbiting a neutron star, which has a gravity 67 billion times that of earth, and the sesame seed sized inhabitants bound by the strong-force rather than the weak force, who see only in ultraviolet and x-ray light, and who’s lives are incredibly sped up by time dialation…their entire civilization, from a human point of view, lasts an entire month, and they worship our spacecraft as a divine artifact. By the start of the month, they are stone age, by the end, they have technology far in advance of earth and try to communicate with us slow-lived beings.

Einstein’s Bridge by John G. Cramer. Imagine if this happened: a supercollider turns on, and the radioactive particles start blasting out prime numbers. It’s being used by an intelligent species to communicate with us…and it turns out more than one alien race are trying to do that, including one that happens to be evil.

Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars books. This series is the antidote to the idea that hard scifi is by definition, not character driven. It reminds me of nothing so much as Game of Thrones: it’s a political thriller that alternates between the point of view of multiple characters, set around the colonization and independence of Mars, trying to free itself from the yoke of an oppressive corporate ruled earth. It makes you want to try kava (the drink of choice on Mars), kind of like how Narnia makes you want to try turkish delight. 

I didn’t feel like grabbing my tablet, so here’s a mouse drawing with my non-dominant hand of my wrestler-sona: The Bungler 

He doesn’t know how to do any actual wrestling moves at all so he kind of just grabs whatever he can and starts punching. His signature move is The Supercollider where he jumps off the ropes and does a two handed smash that sends you through the bottom of the ring into Luchador Limbo: the space between the living and the dead, but for wrestlers 

The heroes run into the control room and pull back the curtain- it’s Puppy Deceiver!

The heroes are shocked!

“Puppy Deceiver, it was you all along! Did our playtime antics mean nothing?!”

Puppy Deceiver laughs the puppy laugh. It’s adorable!

“Yes. All the gamboling, the wet puppy kisses and scritches, the fetch and and playtime and squeaky toys- they all led to this, my ultimate design, the Cintamani-Unmaking Supercollider. You were powerless to stop me before, and you’ll be unable to stop me now.”

Noble Hero is in tears; Faithful Hero rends their shirt in grief; it is Righteous Hero who speaks.

“Tell us then, treacherous puppy, what could make me stay my hand?”

Puppy Deceiver smiles the puppy smile. Their tongue sticks out a little. As they press the button to start the countdown to the Cintamani-Unmaking Supercollider, they playfully tilt their head.

The heroes watch in awe and horror. There’s no way they can argue with that!
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The Correspondent
Allison Stock
The Correspondent

THE CORRESPONDENT // This song is about Lise Meitner, a brilliant scientist who discovered nuclear fission and also happened to be a woman (a fact which shut her out of the notoriety and reverence she deserved). As always, this song packs a pretty significant punch in the sensitive spot where my sentimentality sits. Alliteration and emotions aside, I’m proud of this noise, and all the hard work we all put into it. And then, don’t even get me started on elementals’ perfect Joni Mitchell-esque vocals on this. I couldn’t NOT have her sing on this one. Some things just make sense. This is just one of those things.

music by me, lyrics by cleanwhiteroom, vocals by elementals, guitar by elementals’ son, mastered by elementals as well, the brilliant and tirelessly patient.

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biitumen replied to your post: iamthekarmapolice replied to your post: …

um no. feral is like the second or 3rd best track on that album! but i’m weird and really don’t care for separator. really tho supercollider and sep are like my least fave rh tracks since the bends or ph

Here’s where I disagree with you Morna, I would take a bullet for both Separator & Supercollider lol but we all have our weird faves and un-faves….

Hedy Lamarr
Allison Stock
Hedy Lamarr

HEDY LAMARR // this song is about giving up on your dreams to pursue… your other dreams. I am going to write something more verbose about this song in the morning. But that sums it up pretty well for now. So much love to everyone who worked on this song with me, it’s been such an inspiring, inspirational and exciting process, and I’m so thrilled to be part of it.

lyrics by cleanwhiteroom

mixed and master by elementals

music and vocals by me

art by littletinheart

The story is this: cleanwhiteroom wrote Designations Congruent With Things, wherein it is mentioned that Newton Geiszler has a band. This songwriting collaboration began as a way to give life to the songs of The Superconducting Supercolliders, said fictional band that is becoming realer every day.