Bad Movie Science Will Drive You To CannibalismPeople give science fiction movies a free pass when it comes to bad science, complains astronomer and novelist Mike Brotherton:

Why is it when people go to see a mediocre drama, they complain about the acting or the unrealistic characters, but when they go see a mediocre science fiction film ("sci-fi"), with bad science, they forgive criticisms with "it's just a movie!"


Brotherton doesn't offer any answers to how we can foster more respect for real science in the movies. (He's too busy warning that we'll turn into cave-dwelling cannibals if we watch the Chronicles of Riddick.) But here's an idea: when a movie comes out with plausible science and real characters, like Sunshine, boost the hell out of it. That might do more good than complaining about implausible blockbusters.


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{SF Novelists]