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Posted 12/18/15

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Do a lot of research


Nothing annoys me more than an author that makes simple fucking mistakes that just rips me completely out of a story, and it could be a story that is full of strangeness, but you mess up on something and *poof* I'm out and I get pissed off.

It's like TV shows do it was well. Even shows like CSI, which might get some of the police work down, but then completely fuck up the amount of time it takes to drive around Nevada, or the case in which CSI (out of Vegas) was in California doing work on a case that didn't even have a crime committed in Nevada. (Mt Pass and Barstow are in California)



Is doing research a bad thing?


No, do a lot of it. If you have questions about stuff, ask. I mean there are so many strange fuck-ups in some stories that get published it's like nobody cross checks anything.



Okay then.
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Thank you so much. Isn't Warhammer 40k also a novel too?


There are a lot of Warhammer books. Getcho nerd on.



Cool. I'll read it.
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All of the above
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You should do an absolute fuck tonne of research. Depending on how futuristic you want to go, you can even look to games for inspiration. You could look to things like Command and Conquer Generals or Red Alert or even Tiberium universes for inspiration. You could also look into theoreticals, perhaps military equipment that is planned for the future and what-not. Read a lot of stuff as well, not just stuff on modern militaria but a lot of fantasy stuff.

You could also go the way of completely making your own stuff up.
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You should do an absolute fuck tonne of research. Depending on how futuristic you want to go, you can even look to games for inspiration. You could look to things like Command and Conquer Generals or Red Alert or even Tiberium universes for inspiration. You could also look into theoreticals, perhaps military equipment that is planned for the future and what-not. Read a lot of stuff as well, not just stuff on modern militaria but a lot of fantasy stuff.

You could also go the way of completely making your own stuff up.


Good to know. Thanks.
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Play Half-Life or Opposing force(its science fiction and has the military (i know this is a dumb answer)).
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FreshRhymesSuperflyMoney wrote:


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FreshRhymesSuperflyMoney wrote:

Read a bunch of books.

You need examples.


Okay then. Got any books you know in the genre?


The War of the Worlds and Starship Troopers are two books from that genre.

Games such as Halo, Warhammer 40k, Gears of War, Starcraft, Mass Effect and Battle Tech are shining examples of military sci-fi.


I recommend John Ringo's The Legacy of the Aldenata (aka Posleen War) Series and David Weber's Dahak series. Both of those authors have written more military and sci-fi books but those two series are my favorites in that genre.

I would also recommend doing a ton of research to ensure you are using the right terminology. Your novel will be torn apart by the readers if you incorrectly call a gun magazine a "clip", or call rounds bullets, etc...

Good luck, and I am looking forward to reading your book!
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All of the above but most of all, define your audience. Some people will eat you alive if you aren't 99.99% accurate when it comes to technology, tactics, and whatnot while others don't really mind the occasional "asspull" stunt that seems quite prevalent in the science fiction genre.
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No matter what kind of novel, just read and write, write, always write, even if it is just crap, write.
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Watch Legend of Galactic Heroes

All 110 episodes
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Watch Legend of Galactic Heroes

All 110 episodes


Okay, I'll give it a shot.
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How do I go about doing research?
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to closed to reality ?!..read book , bit searched , and any info from same genre..say film.anime .... so end result ala best one you can get.
creator metal gear do same.so game or like nearly same.even bit twisting.for matter copyright etc.sorry..no pick on option.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

How do I go about doing research?


Go to a public library and ask a librarian to direct you to the sections on militaries, war, weapons, military tactics, military strategy, military logistics, biographies on military lifestyles, and other things military.
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gornotck wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

How do I go about doing research?


Go to a public library and ask a librarian to direct you to the sections on militaries, war, weapons, military tactics, military strategy, military logistics, biographies on military lifestyles, and other things military.


Thank for the help.
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