As a science fiction writer, I’ve come across the fun problem of how much science do I put into my science fiction stories?
For example, if knowing how the galaxy I’ve created is mapped out isn’t important to the plot, do I still describe it? What about writing how space travel works–is it enough to know that it does, or does it need to be researched and explained?
I’ve come to realize that every reader is different–some like more science, some less.
So which do I do?
I decided to be true to what I enjoy reading and apply that to what I write. My preference is less science, with a bigger focus on characters and plot.
I know it’s a risk, and not everyone will agree, but those are the books I love to read, and so those are the books I love to write.
What about you? Do you like more or less science in your science fiction?