I used as much existing science as possible for this tale of rescue and adventure set on Titan, a moon of Saturn. In my original blind submission, I had footnotes to proofs of concept for things in the story like turning methane (abundant on Titan) into plastic and human powered flight with strap-on wings. One of my friends thought it read too much like a research paper with all the footnotes, but I sent it that way anyway. The editors thought they were unnecessary for folks who just wanted the adventure story.
Here, for the curious, are my original post-script notes for the story:
Notes and proofs-of-concept
- Quantum entanglement testing
- Julian Nott: flying on Titan
- Turning hydrocarbon gases into plastic proof-of-concept
- Lithium-Ion Batteries exploding: