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How technical do you get?


I was just curious... how technical do you get when describing a sci-fi concept like a "warp drive?" Do you appreciate authors that go into great detail or would you rather they skip the "techno-babble" and go straight to the story?

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Straight up story for me, unless it's critical information. I don't like numbers in books, in my opinion makes it too much like a status report, but that's just my opinion of course. Then again, I've only written one book that actually sits in between sci-fi/horror, so it's not really dedicated die-hard sci-fi...

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I prefer they stick mostly to the story, but I think a little bit of techno-jargon, or whatever, is good for giving some atmosphere to the story. Sort of like seeing the lights, switches, buttons, and hearing the futuristic sounds on Star Trek or in a STAR WARS movie. emoticon

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I think a good writer has a blend of everything together, but knows how to craft it in a way that cannot be reproduced, and that has meaning to both the author and the reader. There has to be a connection somewhere in the first few pages.

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So I don't have to really create blueprints for the first starship as long as there is a nice atmosphere to the story?!?

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So I don't have to really create blueprints for the first starship as long as there is a nice atmosphere to the story?!?



Yeah, I think there is a balance to be had here. You give the reader just enough info/detail to make them think you have ALL the info/details, but not so much that they become lost or distracted by the details. Then again, I guess some of this might depend upon the target readership.


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