I never cared for the distinctions of “hard” or “soft” science fiction. Any good sci-fi story should strive for plausibility, and heavily technical ideas are often best explored through their societal impact. Why not employ the strengths of both categories?
In my own work, I aspire to fuse character and concept so the protagonists’ journeys are inextricable from the speculative elements of their world. Part of the challenge—and the fun—is developing a story that functions within the framework of scientific accuracy. It demands a lot of research, but I love it. Learning about cutting-edge technologies and extrapolating their future applications is one of my nerdiest delights as a genre author.
That’s why I’m excited to bring a new series to my blog: the Science of Syzygy. Each post will introduce the factual basis of a concept featured in my sci-fi novella hexalogy. The facts behind proposed space elevators, lunar colonies, terraforming, and genetic engineering are far from fictional. Join me in the literary laboratory for some thought experiments!
If you’ve read Syzygy and are especially curious about one of the scientific/speculative concepts it explores, let me know in the comments and I’ll try to include it in this post collection.