I was reminded by a G+ post, by Ralph Roberts, of the brilliant Dava Newman and her recent appointment to NASA.
When writing Sci-fi, think about what your characters are wearing, in space. I had viewed a TED presentation by Dava Newman, of her work, on EVA design. It was such a valuable visual for me during a recent series I wrote called Kulcin’s Law, avalable on www.Offworlders.com. These were the suits I envisioned my astronauts were wearing, becasue I wanted them to move effortlessly and not have to explain getting in and out of their EVAs. Below is Dava’s TED talk.
Dava Newman on TED
Then, when your crew gets to their destination, you might want to check out the latest fashion ETs are wearing these days: Check out these possible Sci-Fi fashion statements.
I had just finished writing a sci-fi serial on OffWorlders.com called, Kulcin’s Law, where most of the story takes place in Jupiter’s realm, with several flights in and out of Europa’s orbit. I missed a bit of detail that would have been a nice morsel to the hard core readers and that was a simple line taking into account the ship’s roll on approach.
This gif taught me a lesson, that even though I can’t go there, my mind can. Don’t miss the little stuff.
Click on this animated GIF of Saturn and see what I am referring to.