Back in 2014, I put out a call for scientists, physicians, historians, and other experts to share their knowledge with writers under the Science in Sci-fi, Fact in Fantasy blog series. Since then, I’ve hosted more than 70 guest posts on the scientific, cultural, and historical aspects of SF/F literature.
The Best of 2015
Last year (2015) was the first full calendar year for the series, making it awards-eligible for 2015 under the “Best Related Work” categories. We published 44 articles, which I’m thrilled about given how much other stuff was going on. I highly recommend that you check out the full series, but in case you’re pressed for time, here are some of the crowd favorites.
Science in Sci-fi
- Gravity basics for sci-fi authors, with physicist Dan Allen.
- Earthquakes: fact versus fiction, by structural engineer Amy Mills.
- CGI is not “made by computers”, with 3D artist Abby Goldsmith
- Plagues in science fiction, with laboratory scientist Amy Vidrine.
- How the ocean will kill you, by marine biologist Danna Staaf.
Fact in Fantasy
- Building a fantasy army, with U.S. Army officer Michael Mammay
- Linguistics in fiction, with linguistics expert Christina Dalcher
- The basics of social stratification, with sociologist Hannah Emery
- Realistic fighting abilities, with martial artist Eric Primm
- Horse gaits and anatomy, with expert equestrian Amy McKenna
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