Use this forum to discuss the July 2020 Book of the month, "Zona: The Forbidden Land" by Fred G. Baker.
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We haven't even unraveled half of what there is. How do we then claim factually what is fiction and science. Perhaps, most likely, some fictitious stuff might actually be scientific!
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I have not read a lot of science fiction, probably a short story by Asimov and some things by Vonnegut that might fall under the category of science fiction. It seems to me that you define sci-fi as something that cannot be true. You defend your argument against it being sci-fi by implying that what they are doing, finding new (and previously old) species of animals, and then the whole plant and hormone thing, is not fiction, but rather science. I guess I never thought science fiction carried the connotation of being scientifically impossible. The story just has to be made up to make it "fiction" - a made up story that has a scientific theme or undertones. Regardless of how one defines science fiction, I agree that this doesn't feel sci-fi. Maybe it's how the sci-fi aspect was presented; it's kind of an answer or explanation as to what happened to Randall and his team, making this still a crime or mystery novel.
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