Christmas Quiz

Merry Christmas to all my readers, and even more to my writers. Here is a festive image, tastefully coloured in by me.


And now for the quiz. In the spirit of “5 advances in climate science” I ask for the 5 best mistakes in sci-fi novels of the past year. To get the ball rolling with a low bar (and mix some metaphors in the process) I’ll offer the polar orbiters in Anathem. Things like di-lithium crystals don’t exist don’t count, of course. It has to be something plausible and interesting thats wrong.

[Oh well, that didn’t work. Never mind… -W]


  1. #1 Magnus W

    I like fantasy… but mainly because it is fantasy so I ignore all mistakes about how the “world” behaves… I have a hard time reading thrillers though… I hate when they start the CSI stuff and gets it wrong… or when the main persons just behave to irrational… :)

  2. #2 Eli Rabett

    Far be it from Eli to comment on science fiction, but if you are a US college student interested in robots in space, there is always the NASA Robotics Academy. A ten summer weeks internship.

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