Mike Brotherton is a professor of astronomy at the University of Wyoming where he investigates quasars, objects powered by supermassive black holes. The author of the science fiction novels Star Dragon and Spider Star, he has also written short stories and science articles, and edited anthologies including Science Fiction by Scientists. He also edits the Hollyweird Science books. He is the founder of Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop for Writers.
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For science fiction productions, there is an implied bargain between the screenwriter and the audience: suspend your disbelief on one or two fantastic notions, and the rest of the story will be grounded in the believable. So the genre is predicated on the expectation of one or two key inaccuracies per story. In recent years, though, experts and fans have been nitpicking even the main story conceits of films like "Gravity", "Interstellar", and "The Martian". From the "anything goes" storytelling approach of the 1950's and 1960's sci-fi, our panelists explore whether or not the science accuracy pendulum of audience expectation has swung too far in the other direction.