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14 December 2009 @ 04:02 pm
Sometimes research is overrated.  
Yes, research is very important for the writer. At the same time, one has to be careful not to let it kill the story.

I'm writing SF, but not hard SF, which requires a particular level of scientific accuracy. I'm writing space opera, which is more romantic adventure, and while I won't say if doesn't need any of that accuracy, it's just enough to springboard into suspension of disbelief, not enough to explain every nuance of the universe with actual, you know, science. :)

Why am I posting this? Because today, in a fit of "how will I make this new thing I'm doing fit into my book's universe", I made the mistake of doing some additional research into psychic phenomena. Instead of finding that springboard I needed to fit this new thing in, I instead found all these articles about how telepathy and telekinesis are not technically possible according to all the laws of physics we currently understand. And forgetting briefly that I'm writing a fun, totally fictional adventure story set in space, I got depressed and thought "wait, what if down the road, someone asks me to explain the science behind my telepathic space pirates? OMG, what will I do??"

No, Rhien. Just no. Down that road lies despair and fits of keyboard bashing frustration, and possibly giving up on something that is too awesome for you to just give up on.

Remember Star Wars? Remember how awesome and cool the Jedi were, and how you never asked what made a Jedi sensitive to the Force? No, you just accepted that some people were special, and went forward from there.

And then came the prequels, and this thing called midi-chlorians, and you were disgusted when you heard this for the first time, because it took the magic of the Jedi and made it this mundane thing with an explanation that you didn't care about, that in fact, tried to break your acceptance of and love for the universe.

So, in conclusion, Rhien, your pirates are just telepathic. THE END. (And telekinetic. And some other stuff.) They just are. No laws of physics need apply.

M'kay? Moving on now.
 
 
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Anya: Star Wars - Leia {smile}madame_parker on December 15th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
You know, reading this makes me so thankful that I read manga. Some of the stuff that happens in most manga can't be explained by anything, no matter how hard you try and they shouldn't have to be. If the story and characters are really good, than that's what matters.

Good for you, telepathic pirates are damn cool and you don't need to explain how that works. :)
rhienelleth: obi-wan masterrhienelleth on December 16th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
If the story and characters are really good, than that's what matters.

Good for you, telepathic pirates are damn cool and you don't need to explain how that works. :)


My thoughts exactly! :D