Even as you’re reading this, Readercon is bearing down upon the world of F&SF literature like an express train. Is that the light at the end of the tunnel I see? Perhaps. It is definitely the light of sweet reason.
I’ve noticed that plenty of scientists and engineers do not like science fiction, even when they grew up on the genre and it was a major contributing factor to their chosen profession? Why? All too often, they find themselves unable to excuse the scientific and/or engineering inaccuracies in a text whose genre presupposes a basis in scientific fact. They end up reading fantasy instead, which is unhindered by claims of ties to the real.
Are there authors currently producing science fiction where the science is as rigorous as the prose in beautiful? I suggest the following and welcome suggestions for additions and subtractions, comments and criticisms.
- Rudy Rucker
- Ken MacLeod
- Charlie Stross
Who else would you suggest?