We All Float Down Here, Georgie…
I was emailing Barb Caffrey earlier about some military terminology and what you can get away with when I realized that, by and large, the majority of scifi writers get crucified whenever their math is incorrect. Or worse still, they write with a military slant and they screw up the rank structure. Or the worst crime of all: have a magic FTL drive without explaining how it works.
On the flip side of things, ever ask a fantasy writer how magic works? They’ll look at you kind of funny and mutter “It just does, okay?”
Hmph. I smell a double standard here but then, I tend to treat hard science fiction fans with a lot more respect. Am I biased, all things considering? Maybe a little.
I think I touched on this a while back, but just how far does suspension of disbelief go before the cops pull you over?