Today, the Speculative Fiction Showcase has great pleasure in interviewing John Triptych, whose novel The Piranha Solution (Ace of Space, Book 1) was recently a featured new release on the blog.
To further elaborate, hard science fiction is about getting the science right. It took me months of research and I contacted a number of beta readers with actual backgrounds in applied sciences and engineering to make sure all the technologies described in the book would be plausible. Things like space physics, the laws of thermodynamics, orbital transfer manoeuvres and the latest in high-tech equipment were all carefully researched before being put into the story. What I’ve done is to fit the story into the science rather than the other way around. I wanted to make the novel as realistic as possible. I think readers have gotten more sophisticated and are perhaps tired of the usual space operas in which everybody (even the aliens) speak English, ships going faster than light or that every planet has an earth-like atmosphere and gravity. It’s the same approach as to what Andy Weir did when he wrote his awesome book The Martian. Now it will be up to the audience to decide if I succeeded or not.