Welcome to my guide on how to write technobabble! Every post will start with one letter of the alphabet, from A to Z, and cover tips and ideas for all you writers of sci-fi. Whether you’re writing about near-future science fiction, far-flung alien worlds, or historical steampunk adventures filled with advanced technology that never was – these posts are designed to help you write convincing and unique tech for your story!
S is for Science
Science is important to sci-fi because, well, it’s science fiction. Of course the fiction part is important, too, but part of what sets the various sci-fi genres apart from their fantasy counterparts is the scientific nature of the stories.
There are all sorts of things that can fall under the subject of “science,” and all are appropriate for various types of sci-fi: physics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, geometry, geology, and the list goes on.
There’s no right or wrong science subject, and there’s no right or wrong amount of actual “science” that should go into a book. You as the writer, and the needs of the story, should determine what sort of science and how much accuracy will go into your story.
It’s a good idea, though, to do at least a little research, so that you have a basis of factual knowledge on which to build your fictional world. Scientific accuracy doesn’t make a good story by itself, but it sure can go a long way in adding believability and richness of detail to your fictional world.