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Stop! Using! Science! Words!
An attempt at creating a work of hard SF that goes horribly, horribly wrong.
Better Name Motion To Discard

(permanent link) added: 2012-11-25 23:15:18 sponsor: JLThompson999 (last reply: 2012-11-26 01:32:04)

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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.
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