Most of the science in Tomorrow News Network is based on factual science. Time dilation in “The Orion War”: based on fact. The planet Cancriph in “The Medusa Effect”: based on a real planet named 55 Cancri f. The hyper intelligent dinosaurs in “Dinosaurs vs. Astronauts”: that’s loosely based on fact (emphasis on loosely). But I have a confession to make. Some of the science in Tomorrow News Network is totally made up.
Take a look at the most recent story, “Who Invented Time Travel?” There’s some serious technobabble in there, but very little of it is real. Here are some examples.
- Fermionic condenser: as far as I know, there is no such thing. If there were, though, we’d probably use it to make fermionic condensate, which is a real thing.
- Iota particles: Again, as far as I know this is not a real thing. Since the word iota means something very small, I’d guess iota particles are very small even for subatomic particles.
- Sigma oscillation experiment: I have no clue what this is. It just sounds cool.
So I made stuff up. Some people would say that means Tomorrow News Network isn’t science fiction and I’m not a science fiction writer. They’d demand more real science in their fiction, complete with detailed equations and Feynman diagrams. To those people, I’m sorry. I’m not a scientist. I’m a science enthusiast and occasional science journalist. I know a little more about science than the general public, but I’m no expert.
So how much science do you expect to find in your science fiction? Does it bother you when science fiction writers make stuff up?