Interesting Interview with Mike Flynn

here.  If you want to learn to write science fiction, he has two pieces of advice:

1. Learn science.

2. Learn fiction.

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  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    I have an issue with that. A number of first-rate SF writers knew no more science than I do. Even HG Wells, who was a real live scientist before he ever took to writing, actually avoided any credible science in his devices. That annoyed his contemporary Jules Verne, who said something like: “I create possible machinery and engineer it carefully; he gets people to the Moon by some sort of magical substance that denies scientific law…”

    • Ryan M.

      Yep, the old debate between “hard” and “soft” sci-fi… I’m with you, Fabio, I enjoy a lot of authors who aren’t terribly heavy on the truly scientific.

    • Mike Flynn

      Oh, you’re allowed to use unobtainium and the bolognium drive. Just don’t violate anything else. Wells said as much. One bizarre assumption per story, then everything else has to stick to reality.

  • dbp

    For some reason, it confused me to realize that the interview was from 2011. Still, an interesting read!

  • Mike M.

    I was amazed by each day of class in Philosophy of Man I took in college seemed to debunk an idea I had learned in the original Star Trek series. SCIFI seems to be full of common Philosophical errors. Mike M.

    • Ye Olde Statistician

      Did you use Brennan’s text for Philosophy on Man? I had a professor in that class who seemed old enough to have known Thomas personally. He had a grading rule: Jesus gets 100. Thomas gets 99. If we did perfect work we might get a 98.

  • Mike M.

    I do not recall a specific text. The professor was very good and lectured and gave some handouts.