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Analyzing the Science in SciFi | Bill Patterson, Ep. 3.17

May 8, 2021

In today's episode, K&L chat with Bill Patterson, a master wordsmith who makes hard science exciting and looks great in a Hawaiian shirt. Let's dive in!

Hosts: Lauren Moore, Kalene Williams

00:00 Opening remarks and introductions

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00:57 Main Event – Analyzing the Science in SciFi | Bill Patterson

-Kuru disease as zombie-fication https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuru_(disease)

-Tetrodotoxin effects from puffer fish https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrodotoxin

-What makes science important in hard science fiction?

-Limiting principles make better stories.

-Possible lack of limiting principles in fantasy. -Deus ex machina https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deus_ex_machina

-Mohs scale of science fiction hardness. https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness

-Callout for a new hard SF anthology. Send the first 500 words to mohsanthologies@gmail.com -Deadline June 30, 2021! -

Using science to guide the plot (not drive it necessarily).

-The dangers as a new author.

30:35 Spotlight: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir https://amzn.to/3h66OeI

32:10 Main Event — Analyzing the Science in SciFi | Bill Patterson, Continued!

-How we correspond with reality falls on a scale.

-‘One small lie’ -E.g. forcefields, superconduction at room temperature.

-Be ‘chary’ with subject matter experts. -NERDS! Ex. Gattica https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119177/

-Writing a 3-day novel is intensely immersive. https://www.3daynovel.com

-Using science to write a version of ‘The Sting’. https://pattersonbill.wordpress.com/

1:12:00 Closing remarks

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