Today’s topic comes from QSFer LV Lloyd: “That might be a good question for the blog -‘how much research do you do for a sci-fi story?'”
Sci fi is unique in that we’re speculating on things yet to come, but based on what we know now. When I write a contemporary story, I can visit the place where it’s set, use a 3d mapping program, to hget a feel for it and how it hangs together, and even see photos from just about anywhere for details.
There are apps and sites for transit schedules, people we know who may have visited our setting or even live there, and tons of other resources to get the details right.
But for sci fi, we’re often flying blind.
So writers, how much research do you do for sci fi stories? What are some of your favorite resources? And readers, can you tell when a sci fi story is poorly researched?