I’ve been revising my science fiction book, and I’ve endeavored to make the scientifically verifiable elements as correct as possible. Unfortunately this means I’ve had to activate the evil part of my brain, that enemy of creativity, math. And it’s been a bear for me.
I’ve had to dust off long-unused geometry, look up ancient formulas on acceleration, speed, and distance, and wrap my head around relativistic physics.
I could have avoided this by creating fictional technologies to deal with some of the more technical aspects, but I felt that would be cheating. Plus, I’ve learned that the limitations of physics and technologies allow for some interesting developments I have exploited in the book. My favorite: the photonic fog of war. I don’t know what others call it, but that’s what I call it, and it functions exactly like a fog of war.