It seems to me that there are two branches of thought we use. Be ready for that. One branch of world-building involves treating events and the beings caught in those events as though they were happening in a human family. And families lead to clans.
In the following equations, be sure that you use the same units throughout, to minimize that type of error. I generally use meters - kilograms - seconds. Beware that items like a rocket's exhaust velocity are often given in kilometers per second, instead of meters per second.
It doesn't matter which you use, but be sure to use the same units everywhere. For those readers who actually have some knowledge of rocketry: Yes, I know it is inconvenient to use meters per second with all those annoying ciphers.
But I still used them throughout this site so as to give one less source of error for those readers who are new to all this.
AU's are "astronomical units", the distance between the Earth and Sol. Planetary distances are generally given in AUs, so you have to know how to convert them into the more useful "meters". For those who are familiar with scientific notation but not with computer scientific notation, 1.
There is a handy table of these prefixes here. Be told that this website uses the mathematical notations in common use in the United States.
A comma is used between each group of three numbers and a period is used as a decimal point, e. Information about the mass and radius of various planets can be found here: This website has a nice table of various watt levels and comparison items so as to get a feel for things.
Scientific Hardness RocketCat sez We are going to emphasize scientific accuracy here, is that clear? I'll let you have the accuracy slide once and a while, but don't make a habit of it and wash your hands afterwards.
I want to see no Technobabblea bare minimum of Handwaviumand low amounts of Unobtanium. Telling how to create such beings might almost be taken as an insult to normal human imagination. In science fiction, however, we do try to maintain standards of realism or at least believability for a rather more knowledgeable and technically sophisticated audience than Homer faced.
Our standards are simply based on a better knowledge of the physical universe.
Also, there is no intended suggestion that the ghost and his nonmaterial kin either have vanished or should vanish from the inventory. It is perfectly possible for a competent, informed, educated materialist of the late twentieth century to enjoy the works of Sheridan le Fanu or Lyman Frank Baum, not only with the full knowledge that they are not true histories but also safely above the need to prove his open-mindedness by, saying that such things might be possible.
Our main point is that for many modern readers, a violation of the laws of thermodynamics by the author can spoil a story just as effectively as having Abraham Lincoln changing a set of spark plugs in a historical novel.
Therefore, if we travel to Mars in a story, the vehicle must operate either along physical laws we currently think we know, or at least on more or less convincing extrapolations of those laws. Furthermore, when we get there the Martians, not to mention their lapdogs, saddle horses, dinner steaks, and rheumatism, must not strike too jarring a set of notes against the background which author and reader are, it is to be hoped, visualizing together.
It is permissible and even desirable to take the reader by surprise with some of these details, of course.A fter a record-breaking box office run in , Korean cinema continued to flex its muscles in the early part of Theatrical admissions for local films in the first quarter of were the highest of any three-month period in Korean film history, thanks to hits like Ryoo Seung-wan's The Berlin File, gangster epic New World and especially the sentimental comic drama Miracle in Cell No.
7. Metaphor creation is a subset of the art of writing, and art’s validity and appeal is based on people’s opinions. Maybe you read something, and the vehicle reminds . The Macintosh game Derrat Sorcerum was written by Mixed Metaphor software.
The first person to "solve" the game was an engineering student from Tasmania, which he said took him about 5 days of full-time gameing, and he reported that it was an extremely challenging game. Watch Out for Mixed Metaphors Another reason to avoid dead metaphors is that it’s easy to mix them up.
Here’s a tip: A mixed metaphor is exactly what it sounds like—a combination of two unrelated metaphors. Now and then a writer may deliberately introduce mixed metaphors as a way of exploring an idea.
Consider this example from British journalist Lynne Truss: "Well, if punctuation is the stitching of language, language comes apart, obviously, and all the buttons fall off.
Mixed Metaphors Can Lead To Confusing Writing Mixed metaphors seem to be a recurring problem for some writers. While there is great value in using metaphors to add color to a piece, some people tend to rely on them too much.