[Blog] The Science in Sci-fi

For those of you who have been following this blog/reading the stories that show up here every now and again, you’ve probably noticed that, despite the fact that I’m more than happy to use the shorthand of “science fiction” for the genre of number of them, even though it would usually be far more accurate to go with “space opera” instead.

And that’s okay! A perfectly valid choice. I love space opera, and despite the distinction I made above, I have no problem throwing it under the broad umbrella of sci-fi, if only because the popular understanding of the term often boils down to “adventure in space”. Overly simplistic? Definitely. Helpful enough? Yes.

All this to say that I’m lately finding a ton of enjoyment in actually reading up on various topics pertinent to the worlds I enjoy creation. Like, for example, The Case For Mars by Robert Zubrin, a book that presents the argument that we could actually put human beings on Mars within ten years using technology that already exists or could be developed in that time period. Aside from being a fascinating read all on its own, the number of ideas the book is giving me for the Tanner and Miranda stories is nothing to sniff at. From a general history of how humans made it out to colonize other planets to the infrastructure that they would have set up on all their colonies, including Verdant, it’s giving me the tools to help fill out the universe of the stories.


Does this mean I want to turn the Tanner and Miranda stories into hard science fiction? Heck no. I’d be the first person to tell you my favorite part of writing about their shenanigans is exactly that: the shenanigans. But if drawing from the real world science (ish) that relates to the setting I’ve created helps me create a more immersive fictional world, gives me more ideas and, forces me to come up with interesting and different answers to the questions raised by the plot, then I am all for it.

7 thoughts on “[Blog] The Science in Sci-fi”

  1. Becky and I have been watching a sci-fi series called Eureka. Have you heard of it? It is on Prime Video and is 5 seasons long. Its interesting and I would like to know your thoughts if you are familiar with it.
    I hope you are well.

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    1. Ooh, I’ve heard of it, but I haven’t watched any yet. The premise certainly looked very interesting, so I may have to queue that one up next. I’ll let you know when I do!

      I’m definitely doing well. Hope you are as well!


      1. I am doing well. Retirement was the right decision for me.
        I don’t know how often you are in Santa Barbara (I’m not sure where you live or where you work) but if you ever have some time I’d love to catch up 🙂


      2. That’s great to hear!

        Unfortunately, I recently moved out to Colorado, so trips to Santa Barbara are definitely going to be fewer and farther between, but I would definitely love to catch up as well. I still have a ton of connections in California so I expect to visit, and I’ll definitely let you know when I’m out that way. Do you have the same phone number?


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