When I first started writing Science Fiction, I was under the assumption that one needed a passing grade in basic high school science. Boy was I wrong.
I was astounded to find out how much garbage science was sitting on the bookshelves. Not only that, but how many people mistake Fantasy for Sci-Fi. Granted sometimes they cross but there is still a big difference between the two.
Think of it this way,
Hard Core Science on the left – This encompasses everything that is currently known and is an accepted fact among the ‘Real’ scientific community.
The Pure Hooey of Fantasy on the right – This is the ‘wave your magic wand’ and poof, it exists along with the monster under the bed that frighten you as a kid and the closet monster’s second cousin.
Somewhere in the middle, these two genes collide. This in a way is fine, except when the fall out is the overabundance of ‘toxic waste’ science. This is the Alien Lizard-man saving the Poor Defenseless Human in the parka, from subzero temperatures without as much as a pair of underwear on.
Or a silicone based machine being effected by a biological virus.
Seriously people? Pick up a copy of Popular Science if you really want to base your story on something really fantastic. And REAL! You don’t have to show everyone the ‘F’ on your report card.
One expects this rot from Old Hollywood, where the Giant Tarantula walks through high voltage power lines without so much as getting its hair singed. When in reality (If one could even get that big.) you could feed a third world country on the Crispy Critter. In fact an enterprising person could easily set up a ‘Soft Shell Crab Shack’. They look about the same when breaded.