ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Bad Science does not make good Science Fiction

Updated on October 8, 2013

Bad science does not make good science fiction— this is one of the truths of working in genre of Science Fiction. If the science is bad then the Science fiction can never be good. There are many examples of excellent Sci-Fi out there. The best way to develop good Sci-Fi is to look at what already exists in the world then extend it in the future. For example if you start with prosthetic limbs and you look at advances in robot technology, you can see that in the end it is likely that we will have mechanical limbs. Therefore to have a scene in a film where the human civilisation is more advanced than us and yet instead of prosthetic limbs they have metal poles for legs, you know something has gone wrong.

Science Fiction can date quickly if it does not follow the general trend of society. It was obvious a decade ago that we would eventually end up banning cigarettes in public places. However shows like Battle Star Galactica ignored that trend at their own peril. Every other character seems to have a cigarette in their mouth. They also ignored the move towards technology, they are constantly passing round sheets of paper. It seems laughable that a decade on and most people are walking round with Ipads and kindles like those seen in Star Trek Next Generation. However, when they get it right, the results are impressive. I am thinking of course about the epic 1984. In it the woman is on a television, but there is also a camera attached to the main character's telly so she can see what he and everyone else is doing. She then spouts out the main character’s number and orders him to bend lower. Cameras are a brilliant example of this, you can get spy cameras that are absolutely tiny now.

Technology generally gets smaller and more efficient with time, so if you think about things that are large and bulky now, it is likely in the future they will be smaller, faster and more efficient. How much smaller can computers get? One day it is definitely possible we will have processors that are more efficient that the Intel Pentium Icore 5 in a pair of glasses or in a wrist watch. It is a scary thought really. This is how technology operates. Alternatively advancements in cloud technology will mean we are able to access our top of the range computer from our glasses whilst out on the street.

True Science fiction should always like project into the future "wouldn’t it be cool if…" "How amazing would it be if we had Ipads that rolled up like a cloth (After Earth)". The limit really is human imagination, the key is to take a product that exists and project it into the future… smaller, faster, better. How about instead of using rockets we are propelled through space by essentially folding the space time continuum around us. One of the most exciting developments for me is finding the 'God Particle.' This is the particle that gives objects mass, imagine if we were able to reduce the mass of objects using this particle, lorries full of stuff would become as light as a family car.

Now the warning, know what you are talking about, for example: what is the difference between an android and a robot? If you clone something, will it grow from a single cell or start as a fully formed human? Even if it is a fully formed human, would it have the same memories as the original? These are questions that demand an answer, if I went back in time and shot myself would the present version of me disappear as well? Make sure when writing science fiction you do your research, unless of course you want to create bad science fiction.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • BlossomSB profile image

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      An interesting and helpful hub, with humour as well. Enjoyed reading it.

    • jht1414 profile image

      JJ Tyson 

      5 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      I liked this a lot. Its so funny to see retro-futuristic versions of things to come because of how much they got wrong. The paper and the cigarettes were both great examples. I'm also reminded of the flying cars in Back to the Future 2. There was no way that was happening in 30 years. Anyways, great article. I really enjoyed it.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)