Openhome wrote:Breathe Knives. Just breathe through it.
Andypalmer wrote:Let's also keep in mind that, as much as we love Stephenie, she doesn't have a science background.
December wrote:Andypalmer wrote:Let's also keep in mind that, as much as we love Stephenie, she doesn't have a science background.
I'd also say: she doesn't have a scientific project. Now, many science fiction and/or fantasy writers do. For them, scientific credibility is part of the world-building. For Stephenie, not so much. Or at least, only to the point that her stories make sense the way the world we experience makes sense. (Which is in fact pretty inscrutable if you don't have considerable scientific background).
The problem comes when the scientifically-minded readers start to investigate the fictional world's inner mechanisms, and the author succumbs to the temptation to join them in their scientific project. In real life, we have division of labour: most of us content ourselves with our folk-explanations of how things work and leave the complexities to the scientist. But Stephenie's folk-explanations are required to do double-duty as real scientific accounts of the biochemistry and materials science of her vampire world -- and patently they're not suitable for that. She's been pilloried for lousy science -- when all along, it seems to me, what she's actually been offering is the kind of muddled, inaccurate but superficially plausible folk explanations one can totally imagine ordinary vampires having about themselves, in the absence of actual scientific knowledge. Imaginatively, Stephenie's actually got it about right. It's scientifically -- as the world-building, Creator-author, deemed to understand the actual material workings of her universe -- that she's fallen down on the job. A job she should simply have politely declined.
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