Time Travel and Hard science in writing


Writing and time Machines – the perfect combo for this writer.

Which makes me wonder if this November I should use NaNoWriMo* to write that time travel novel I’ve had in the back of my mind for the last decade or so. Yet, I worry that my hard science is not credible enough to persuade readers to suspend their disbelief. Perhaps one way to overcome this is to write the 50,000 words during the month of November and then use future months to smooth the scientific context of the plot so it appears to the reader to be eminently possible (although maybe not probable).

I do think that if you’re writing science fiction you should make the writing consistent with scientific fact even if it is only the theoretical application of scientific logic.

I wonder how much importance readers put on science fiction being scientifically accurate? Would they, like me just send a SF book straight to the charity shop if it was scientifically illiterate, inaccurate and inconsistent?

Some food for thought!


*NaNoWriMo- is the National November Writing Month where participants write 50,000 words during the month of November. Mad, fun and an insane attempt by writers around the world to make November creative and productive.

About V C Willow

V C Willow has always loved to write and read for pleasure. During her teenage years she wrote a lot of poetry but graduated to writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, Epic Fiction, Urban Fantasy and Suspense as she reached her twenties. She is a geek and comic nerd. A very keen reader, an enthusiastic cook and gardener and loves to craft. She's even been known to get down and dirty and do some DIY. V.C live in Manchester, England with her ball of cat fluff, Willow. She is currently writing her début fantasy novel. You can follow her authors page on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/vcwillow Connect with her on Linked in at: uk.linkedin.com/pub/vc-willow/4b/b90/521 Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/inquisitivevic Follow her on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5563938-v-c-willow )O(
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2 Responses to Time Travel and Hard science in writing

  1. tannerakane says:

    Consult with scientists. Read physics textbooks. Using modern theories (all pertaining to time travel) and research, you can write a sci-fi novel that’s credible. I decided not to write aliens in my sci-fi series in the near future. I think they’ve been done to death. Find a fresh angle on time travel. I’m going to use it to set up my sci-fi series (in a prequel due out early next year). As for the series, time travel isn’t mentioned or used.

  2. I’m a writer of Adult Paranormal-Romance (good vampires that safeguard humans from the evil types/human criminals/and evil politicians) but I’m skipping WAY OVER the genre spectrum to write a “time-travel” novel (to be read to children because of scientific & technical language) of a five year old who loves dinosaurs, her grandfather and the paleontologist operator of a dinosaur museum. While testing out the running-gear of a time-travel buggy built to be an unmanned probe to attempt to jump back in time, they get struck by lightning which short circuits the electrical device safeguarding the time machine part of the unit and hurls them back in time to the Devonian Era (the age of fish) then they must try to jump between the various Epochs of development of Earth and its animals in an attempt to return home. My granddaughter and her older brother are drawing the fish, dinosaurs, saber-toothed cats, etc. the reluctant travelers meet along the way.

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