So you want to write a SF romance.
But you are no scientist. You are an author. The story is buzzing in your head, threatening to split it, the characters are alive and grumbling at you to let them out to play.
But the science???
Welcome to the SF writer's nightmare.
Where I am stuck right now.I am no geneticist, but I want to write about cloning and its ethics, its consequences, its limitations, and how it affects people's lives in my story.
But is a bone enough to reconstruct the DNA - or is a frozen tissue sample needed? If the reconstructed DNA is inserted in a modern human ovum, is it cloning? is it reconstructing? is it something else?
Will the readers know all this or not? As soon as the readers began doubting the truth of the science, the story is labeled as "paranormal". That wouldn't bother me - hey, I write paranormal! I love it!
But I also want to write SF. I want it to be separate from magic. I want a scientific-sounding explanation.
The books of the Anita Blake series are labeled as paranormal even if she treats vampirism and lycanthropy as diseases - infections which can be treated to a point and cured or transmitted to others.
So what are the limits of SF? Is something that isn't entirely explained in scientific terms and/or with the knowledge we have of science right now (and the speculations for the near future) not SF but paranormal?
I was just wondering, and wondering if you face such dilemmas too. :-)
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