This isn’t a scientific inaccuracy post, but it’s still about science, sort of.
Science fiction. The only genre of books worth reading (only sometimes do I think that). Ever since I saw Star Wars as a kid I’ve dreamed of going into space. Imagine seeing exotic worlds and suns in different solar systems all in the same day? I fell in love with FTL (faster than light) travel from an early age. But the top scientist chaps today reckon that any travel faster than light is impossible (I disagree, but I’m not nearly smart enough to prove them wrong). This leads me to talk about just how scientific a sci-fi novel actually is. I’m sure you’ve all heard about Ian M. Banks (if you haven’t he’s a Scottish author). He’s quite a popular author, and I quit enjoy him. He writes well, his characters are entertaining, his action scenes are actually enthralling…and his science is a bit iffy. He uses FTL travel. He uses evolving true AI (artificial intelligence). And a whole other bunch of stuff that seems impossible. Yet I thoroughly enjoy his stories. I don’t care if we think FTL is impossible now, it makes the future seem so much more interesting!
On the other side of the coin you get authors like Robert L. Forward. Don’t get me wrong. This man was a very good writer. He was incredibly smart (he was a legit aerospace engineer). His books were 100% plausible (hard science fiction it’s called). But his stories just quite aren’t as entertaining as Ian M. Banks. His character development isn’t as strong, and his action scenes are over a bit too quickly.
I read both hard and soft science fiction. If it’s in space I read it. The point I’m trying to get across is that the sci-fi snobs who think science fiction must be 100% plausible need to live a little. They need to open their minds to the wondrous imaginative journeys they can take if they ignore Albert Einstein’s rules and regs for just a while (and I like to think Al would agree. He strikes me as the kind of guy to enjoy a good soft sci-fi book).
Heck, I’m trying my hand at writing a short story, and I’m not nearly entertaining enough for soft, nor smart enough for hard. But I’m trying, just to get my imagination down on paper.
I apologise that this post rambled a lot. It’s not my greatest, but I still hope someone will enjoy it 🙂