[LMB] Details in Science Fiction

Karen A. Wyle kawyle at att.net
Sun Nov 22 19:41:47 GMT 2020


 I've been struggling with what phone-equivalent(s) people will have in twenty or thirty years.
Karen A. Wyle
    On Sunday, November 22, 2020, 02:00:47 PM EST, Louann Miller <domelouann at gmail.com> wrote:  
 
 
On Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 12:48 PM Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:

>
> I’m reading two Science Fiction novels right now that illustrated an issue
> with having details in science fiction.
>
> One is the 1962 novel (that I read when it was new), “The Defiant
> Agents”.    The alien artifact that the American found and want to keep
> away from the reds used tapes.  (with recordings of some sort).
>
> The other is the 2020 Hugo winner (which I am enjoying), “A Memory Called
> Empire”, that has an old, interstellar empire —with tea bags and a shower
> with the soaps and stuff that I see in contemporary America.
>
> Detail like that works in contemporary fiction.  And it works when it
> doesn’t mess up in historical fiction.    But needs to be disguised in
> futuristic science fiction.
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