Sci-fi vs Sci-fa

rjshae

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The term "hard sci-fi" has been used for a long time to describe sci-fi that is predicated on scientific realism and logic. You can still include fantasy elements as long as they have a scientific rationale. For example, a setting I've been thinking about recently is an interstellar generation ship that enables magic-like elements via advanced technology. If the civilization on the ship crashes, the people can have magical powers and irrational philosophies, but it would still be hard sci-fi.
 
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Frankly, I think the category "hards sf" is often used quite abirtrally. For example, from the point of view of the current all kinds of hypotheses about the possibility of interstellar travel are pure fantasy. "magic-like elements via advanced technology" And how is this different from " simply magic"? ;)
 
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