How to Turn Real Science Into Great Science Fiction

Science fiction is the literature of discovery — and there are tons of great ways to come up with stories worth telling. But a lot of the most compelling stories are based on actual cutting-edge science. But how do you turn real science into science fiction? To find out, we asked hard SF writers and scientists. » 9/18/13 11:03am 9/18/13 11:03am

You keep saying 'hard science fiction.' I do not think it means what you think it means.

Over at Locus, there are some great excerpts from their interview with Stanley Schmidt, who recently ended his record stint as editor of Analog, the hard science fiction magazine. Most notably, Schmidt explains why he sometimes gets tired of the phrase "hard science fiction": » 10/16/12 4:32pm 10/16/12 4:32pm

Science Fiction Is Making You More Clueless About Science

Is science fiction keeping ordinary people from understanding real science? Many science writers seem to think so. Science blogging conference Science09 » 11/18/08 12:40pm 11/18/08 12:40pm decided to survey science bloggers about their feelings on science fiction, and the results were surprisingly negative. At the very least, science experts don't seem…

10 Books that Prove Science Fiction Just Got Harder

Click to viewWhy do so many books labeled "hard science fiction" actually contain technology that works pretty much like magic in a fantasy novel? Hard science fiction is supposed to be the branch of SF that's rigorously scientific, and doesn't gloss over difficult problems like faster-than-light travel. Larry Niven's… » 5/29/08 9:52am 5/29/08 9:52am

Hard Science Fiction Isn't About Science After All

I've always thought the term "hard science fiction" referred to stories or novels where the science was important to the story, and which strove for absolute scientific and technical accuracy. But now it turns out I was wrong, and actually "hard SF" refers to stories about personal growth, along the lines of the… » 5/06/08 11:05am 5/06/08 11:05am