How much science do you have to know in order to write science fiction? It’s a simple question with a complicated answer: A whole lot. Some. Make it up. Speculate. But do your homework.
We as readers feed the series machine, but how are we as writers to cope? How can we stay grounded and creative when we are expected to be a brand and to deliver a repeatable experience?
One of the guests of honor at Philcon 2016, which I recently attended, was the novelist C.J. Cherryh, whose books I admire.