Looking for scientific process in science-fiction
October 23, 2007 7:51 PM Subscribe
Looking for science-fiction that attempts to accurately depict the process
posted by tdismukes to media & arts (36 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
While reading Passage and Bellwether, by Connie Willis, I was struck by how unusual they were for science-fiction in that they depict working scientists going about their research in a rather realistic fashion.
By this I mean that the science presented is slow, incremental, collaborative, filled with false starts and blind alleys, and constrained by practical concerns such as funding and experimental subjects who don't show up as scheduled.
I've read plenty of science-fiction that makes a good attempt at showing futuristic technology that's compatible with currently known scientific facts. I've read stories which play with the "what-if" possibilities of currently proposed scientific theories. However, I can't think of any other science-fiction that really shows what the actual process of science is like. Usually the process of research takes place off-screen. If we do see the scientist-protagonist at work, it's often as he single-handedly develops a world-changing invention based a radical new theory. In essence, it might as well be magic.
Can anyone suggest other (preferably well-written) science-fiction which gets the scientific process at least approximately correct?