23 June 2012, Development - Extrapolated Science in Science Fiction, yet more Accuracy
Introduction: I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. This was my 21st novel and through this blog, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel beginning with http://www.pilotlion.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-novel-part-3-girl-and-demon.html.
I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way.
I wrote in detail about how to study history and culture to write historical fiction. That moved to how to write about culture in science fiction, and now, I am exploring how to study to write science fiction.
Fourth, who accomplished the research and wrote the study. I've read a lot of modern studies written by lawyers without a shred of research. These aren't peer reviewed papers, and they couldn't be peer reviewed. These papers are written for a specific purpose, to win lawsuits and to affect public opinion. These studies usually don't have any research behind them. An example are the autism to thermisol (vaccination preservative) link papers. All real papers (peer reviewed, based on research, good sample size) on this subject show no link between thermisol and autism--in fact, the largest sample size studies showed children who didn't get vaccinations had higher rates of autism. The point is that law firms wrote the papers that showed a link to get them into the system, and they are not scientifically acceptable. Anyone with any degree of scientific training can see that these are false papers, but many newspaper writers, news people, and the unscientifically trained don't have a clue.
Other examples of these kinds of papers are generated by groups with a specific bias. For example, Greenpeace as well as other radical environmental groups routinely use false papers to try to interject incorrect and inaccurate science. I'll write about that tomorrow.
The next thing to look at is the results within a proper context.
I'll write more about science in science fiction tomorrow.
I'll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples: http://www.ldalford.com/, and the individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com/, http://www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, http://www.thefoxshonor.com/, and http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.