At the 2003 ReaderCon, sf author Rudy Rucker conducted an interesting session on how he writes science fiction. It’s a really interesting read that shows the four approaches he’s used over the years when writing.
I particularly liked this bit concerning sf in movies:
Sufficient special effects are viewed as a legitimate substitute for a knowledgeable story – as when director-“writers” (writers, my ass!) spend $100 million on the effects of a movie, but can’t manage to spend $100 thousand to pay a real science fiction writer for a story that makes sense.
[Link via Futurismic]