Hard Science usually entails being as realistic to reality as we know it as possible. One problem though, is that we do know that science advances. Also, most of our worlds are fictional.
I'm wondering if there is a way to add fictional science while still feeling like science fiction. Some ideas I have:
- Don't use new science to automatically solve problems. Create the new science first, and then see if it solves problems.
- This also means that new science is equally like to cause problems (I don't mean new technology, but where science shows that certain things we thought were possible are actually impossible.)
- Instead of focusing on implications and then rationalizing, make minor technical changes to science.
- Although the world of Orthogonal seems incredibly different from our world, all the author did was change a - sign to a + sign, which isn't a huge change.
- Use past, debunked scientific theories as a base (considering what if they were supported by evidence, and the true theory was false.)
Are these ideas good. Are there any other things to keep in mind. Should adding fictional science just be outright avoided?