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.
For those of us writing about distant planets, the question always comes up, how real is this going to be for my readers? I am faced with this exact question in my current work and I want it to be as plausible as I can make it. So after watching this fantastic lecture by Sara Seager, I now have some real science to weave into my WIP.
Here is another Tech Tip for the hard core sci-fi writer to make your space travel, plausible. And don’t forget, you need the ability to slow down, so using the concept, you can sail into the solar wind.
You can read the full abstract in Science Magazine.
This is such an excellent video for a writer to get an idea of what traveling through space, at the speed of light, might be like. However, there is a paradox here. If you were traveling at the speed of light, you would not have a concept of time or speed; but as a writer, you are trying to describe it.
What put things in perspective for me, was at the 8:23 mark, when Earth and the Moon come into play. That, you can write about. The rest is so abstract, but gives you an idea of just how vast the universe is. Light seems slow in comparison.
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Click here to learn more about the artist, Alphonse Swinehart
Click on the image below to play the video and sit back for 45 minutes.