Created By: JLThompson999 on November 25, 2012

Stop! Using! Science! Words!

An attempt at creating a work of hard SF that goes horribly, horribly wrong.

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This trope describes an author trying to add "hard science" to his or her work in order to increase verisimilitude or atmosphere, when he or she in fact fails science forever. It results in achieving the exact opposite of the intended effect: viewers who know anything about science end up losing all suspension of disbelief. Overlaps with Hollywood Science but is not identical to it. Hollywood Science is sometimes acceptable or even necessary to a work, such as Miyazaki's flying machines, or aliens that eat people. Stop! Using! Science! Words! is simply a lame, lame attempt at hard science.
Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • November 25, 2012
    This strikes entirely of complaining. Motion to discard.
  • November 25, 2012
    Not really complaining. Works that attempt to present themselves, erroneously, as real science are so widespread as to practically qualify as a genre. Many could even be rather enjoyable, if the authors would only stop trying to use random words from science dictionaries.
  • November 25, 2012
    Definitely Need A New Title: requiring people to type in four exclamation points is a bit much.

    A work misusing science is covered under Artistic License, Critical Research Failure and similar tropes. This proposal is completely subjective and an Audience Reaction ("viewers who know anything about science end up losing all suspension of disbelief"), making it YMMV and not a standard trope.
  • November 26, 2012
    No New Complaining Pages. Thus, Motion To Discard agreed with.