Thursday, February 28, 2008

God Bless Google

One of the nice things about writing fantasy and science fiction is that 80% of your story is pure make-believe. Even STAR TREK and STAR WARS used so much “techno-babble”, people were sometimes fooled into thinking the shows really were using scientific theory.

However, once in a blue moon, I need to get some information to help shore up some of my statements. That’s why I thank God for Google. Ten, fifteen years ago I would have been forced to go to a set of encyclopedia to do any research. Or, in extreme cases, to the public library. Remember that? (G!)

Nowadays it hardly takes any effort to find out all I need to know about ancient Peruvian toilets, or Slovakian cattle games. There might even be a photo attached!

Before you know it, one day there will be an F key function where all we need to do is highlight a word, press the button, and -- voila! -- there's the complete text and bibliography covering that subject.

Ahh, technology. Ain’t it grand?

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