[LMB] Details in Science Fiction

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Sun Nov 22 19:08:53 GMT 2020



> On Nov 22, 2020, at 11:59 AM, Louann Miller <domelouann at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Yep, those can knock you loose from the story. It's easier to see when the
> invisible cultural norm is a past one that's changed. (H. Beam Piper: "in
> the future, naturally everyone will still smoke everywhere and all the
> time.") People writing near-future SF are well advised to, for example, not
> go into too much detail on when the Urban Wars of the 21st century happened
> or how much memory a computer gadget can hold.

A contemporary Scottish writer has some books that spread a tremendous amount of time, with characters who smoke and go to the pub after work.


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