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Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : What separates good science fiction from bad science fiction? What is bad science fiction?

I recently read an article by Mr. Jayant Narlikar (famous Indian astrophysicist) where the author gave an overview of the writings of H G Wells, Arthur C Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury and said that bad science fiction is the one which creates irrational fear of science among readers and takes irresponsibly big liberties.

While, good sci-fi paves the path for new scientific explorations.

I guess, you have to take certain liberties with science fiction and you have to write about fancy stuff like anti-gravity, faster-than-light spaceships etc.

My question is, how do you draw the line?
And what exactly should a good science fiction writer do?

Any suggested readings?

Answer by sophist
Good sci-fi is thoroughly grounded in scientific fact with some speculation on what is unproven. It always has a “what if” component. Asimov wrote about robots a lot. He created the Robotic Laws that have become de rigor in the sci-fi community. Good sci-fi does not seek to alarm, except in the area of nuclear war, but to explore possibilities. Asimov, along with others, sets The story in the far future rather than the near future. Most near future is now explored in thrillers like James Bond and Matt Helm.

Answer by Patienttraffic
That sounds like a good definition of good and bad cheerleading (or marketing copy), but it’s use addressing literature/fiction is dubious at best.

Some of our best science fiction offers cautions about potential futures (Bradbury’s “Farenheit 451,” Huxley’s “Brave New World,” “Alas Babylon,” etc.)

For me to consider a work as “good” the following questions would need to be answered affirmatively (in addition to being grammatically correct, interesting, entertaining, etc.):

Is the science in the book plausible with our current understanding of the laws of physics, nature, etc. or can we extrapolate the depicted future from present conditions? (if not, it’s probably fantasy.)

Is the fictional world logically consistent?

Is the science in the story central to the tale? (If not, it’s probably an adventure or western dressing up in science fiction clothing…”Star Wars.”)

To be “great” the work would need to not only examine technical/science issues, but would also explore their impact on human beings and their relationships (all great literature is about people and/or their relationships).

Sorry, no suggested readings.

Answer by waswisgirl1
I have read H G Wells, Arthur Clarke, Isaac Asimov, and Ray Bradbury, and other than Wells, I found most of their writings boring.

I think what separates good sci-fi from bad is a writer who is capable of imagining a society that is totally different from the way our society is now…that’s why I liked Wells and the War of the Worlds…on the other hand most of the other “great” male sci-fi writers wrote novels who’s social norms or society sounded very similiar to the way our society is now. If a writer’s “world” is made up of aliens but is still sexist, racist, homophobic, and/ or classist like ours is now, with no other view presented, I find the book just a rerun of our society, just with aliens added.

My favorite sci-fi author is Octavia Butler, since each of her works presented a totally different society, that I had to figure out, since it was different from the way ours works now. I also enjoyed Elizabeth Lynn’s sci-fi novels for the same reason. It’s rare for me to find a sci-fi novel that doesn’t bore me to death…

Answer by S C
For me, good science fiction speaks of probability and possibility with believability.

Answer by violingrl07
Personally, I can deal with almost any unbelievable occurence if it is written well. However, you will occasionally come across a book in which the author is constantly adding information and contradictions to allow them to advance the plot in a certain way, showing sloppy organization. (Kind of like Pirates of the Carribean)

Answer by home schooling mother
Sophist and Patienttraffic touch on a couple points that I find interesting.

I think the work needs to be good literature to be good science fiction. Throwing a lot of gimmicks and gadgets our way doesn’t make good literature. Developing a story that envelopes scientific changes and causes one to think, feel, or explore new ideas (ex: good or bad, ethical vs. unethical) is important in writing good literature and hence, good science fiction. Also, the work needs to be entertaining or engaging in some way to be “good.”

I love The Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle. I think it is both great literature and great science fiction. It’s a what if scenario where science theory (evolution) and science possibility (time travel) work together with social commentary (entertainment, politics, racism), religious values (sloth, legalism) and philosophy (man’s self-fulfillment and self-destruction) to examine a possible future consequence.

Asimov also deals with science and related ethics in his robot novels. (Of course, he deals with this in his non-fiction writings, as well.) **Some of his children’s robot books (“Norby”, etc.) tend to be a little far-fetched, though, and the science seems to push the plot rather than build a foundation. I don’t find those books to be very interesting. However, they intend to speak to a different audience. THAT may raise or lower the bar a bit. (1/4/07)**

An author’s ability to get the reader to look beyond what is known to visualize the unknown is key to writing good fiction. Suspension of disbelief on the part of the reader involves a sort of trust that the author will return a good story. Taking irresponsible liberties with science possibility probably distracts from the overall story and would cause the writing to be, well, twoddle.

**You may be interested in a book entitled “Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy” — which includes writings by Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, James Patrick Kelley, Stanley Schmidt, etc. Follow this link to see the chapter “On the Writing of Speculative Fiction” by Robert A. Heinlein. To the left of the page you can click on the table of contents. Follow that link to see the articles included in the book. No, I haven’t read the book. (I searched it on Google.) I think it could be helpful, as it includes advice from a number of science fiction/fantasy writers. (1/4/07)**

Answer by Bharat V
This is an excellent question. I think there is some credence to the Beauty for the Beholder concept. I often find myself reading a sci-fi book and the concept just clicking with me. When that happens I tend to gloss over poor story and human interactions. The concept of the sci-fi book tends to be the most important and the story and plot secondary.

I know friends who find the story much more engrossing and don’t accept the concept unless there is a real human interaction behind it.

While I agree with your inference that there is a high level definition of bad science fiction that creates an irrational lack of acceptance of upcoming inventions, I also feel that even within the realm of sci-fi there are concepts that appeal to different people and good or bad are decided on an individual basis.

I loved the psychohistory concept in the Asimov series. You can get the whole series for about $ 30 from or one of the shopping portals.

Asimov was definitely a 5 stars in my book. I liked the Dune series, but not to the same extent. For me, there was no single large science or math concept to identify with.

Your point about irrational fear is underscored in the way Asimov handles robots for example. He portrays them as guardians and sows enough seeds of doubt to lead us away from the Terminator series way of thinking that they are out to get us.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : This may be a silly question but can we get married in just any church?

I would love to get married in this one church that my niece was baptized in. It was absolutely beautiful but we live an hour away from that church but it was just so gorgeous that I would love to get married in it. Can we do that? If so, how would that would out? How would we have to go about asking?

Answer by Holli G
Call or visit the church. Each church as their own rules about non-members using the building to get married.

Answer by Jay
You need to ask whoever is in charge at the church. This is likely a common request, so I’m sure that someone in their office will have a set answer.

Some churches require that you be a member there or that you meet regularly with their minister. Others are happy to rent the space.

Answer by jy-aboul
yes any church…..All you do is get in contact with the paster and tell him you love the church and would love for him to marrie you all he will ask for is a donation which will go to the church funds…I got married in a church I had never been in and paid 50.00$

Answer by Ashley- Advocate for Christ
Call the church or visit and talk to the pastor about using or renting the facility. Most churches allow non-members to use their church for a fee. Many couples pick a church just because they think it is pretty. Otherwise, people who don’t go to church would have no where to get married.

Even though the church is an hour away, it is the same as if you chose another location like a garden or beach that is a hour drive. Don’t let the location be a hinderance.

Call the church and say:
My name is “so and so” and I visited your church back in “date” and really thought it was beautiful. My fiance and are are looking for a church to get married in and your church came to mind. Could you tell me more about your policies about non-members using the building?

They will probably want to know information like the date of the wedding and whether or not you want their pastor to perform the ceremony or if you have someone else in mind.

Answer by JAMES K
You don’t mention your religion so it is hard to answer that. My religion requires 3 weeks of ‘Pre-Cana’ conferences, and you must have the banns published for as long.
Speak to the priest and be guided by his decision.

Answer by Katie
Yes, as long as the church okays it. They may charge you a fee for being a non-memeber. However, most churches do not mind to rent it out even if you are a different religion.

Answer by opiniononly
Good answers from the other posters but I asked a friend who is a pastor at a church about your question and this is what he said:

Be prepared for the pastor to ask what church you belong to and why you don’t want to get married there. Not an active member of any church? Be prepared to explain why you want a church service if you are not practicing a religious faith. Not a member of the church’s faith? Why do you want a religious marriage ceremony of a different faith? Living together? Many pastors will not marry anyone, member of not, if the couple lives together prior to marriage. Are one/both of you divorced? Ditto on the living together answer. Planning on taking premarital religious based counseling? You might need to as a condition of using the church. Will you follow the guidelines of the church regarding music, readings and the ceremony in general? Some churches/faiths have strict guidelines regarding what is appropriate and inappropriate ceremony content.

Given that your niece was baptized there, you may be able to get married there if the parents are members and ‘sponsor’ you. Many churches do not appreciate that the beauty of their religious buildings are viewed as the primary reason their church is considered as compared to the religious purpose of their existence.

There is a good possibility that if you ask respectfully (which I know you will), you may be able to be married there. All I am offering is addtional information regarding what to expect when you talk to them.

Answer by ~ultimate_farmer_girl~
Usually you can get married in a church even if you or your fiance is not a member of the church. Call the church & see what their policy is on non-members wedding. My sister I think had to make a donation to the church that she was married in where her & her husband were not members. But every church is different.

Source : Yahoo AnswersQuestion : What is the difference between the Japanese words “koi”, “ai”, and “suki”?

I know that all three mean “love”, but I was wondering if the meanings differ any depending on the word used (similar to “philos”, “eros”, and “agape” in Greek).

Answer by Ádám Bálint
Well, suki is rather “like”. I wouldn’t say it means love, though maybe the border between suki and ai is a bit higher up than as it is between like and love.

The difference between koi and ai is a more difficult question. I think the best would be to look at some forms:
koibito – aijin (Jin and bito are the readings of the same kanji: 人 = person)
Koibite is rather one’s couple, the person one likes, while aijin is a lover (as in sexpartner).

aisuru – koisuru
Koisuru means to fall in love, aisuru means to love someone (it’s actually used in progressive tense: ashiteiru).

I would say that koi is rather the romantic love, the part where you are couples, you are dating and such, ai is a more serious love, like between married people.

Answer by No One
Actually, “suki” only means “like” which for instance you like the person’s attitude or etc.

Koi and Ai are both love but in a different way(it is written in their kanji).

Koi is somehow, you are only attracted to the person(more like infatuation) and somehow you only love the person based on his/her gender or sex appeal.

While “Ai” on the other hand, means you love the person from the very bottom of your heart.

So basically on my point of understanding, “Koi” is greater than “Suki”, but “Ai” is greater than “Koi”

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