Weird Wednesday Jan. 31: Science Jargon and Cartoons

Leon Stevens
3 min readJan 31, 2024

Science Fiction. Fiction. That means made up, right? Fabricated, not based on truth, a falsehood if you will.

So, it’s OK if I say: “ There’s a neutrino surge in the tungsten charge thruster housings. I need to re-route energy to the cesium gel.” or, “ We should completely resynchronize the ventral chroniton propulsion nullifyer.

For some readers, technical descriptions are a must. For others, like me, I don’t care how it works, but if it’s broken, then degauss the closest ion stabilizer if you have to, just do what you have to do and get the hell out of there!

100 years ago, you could make up a lot more science. Some of it, oddly enough, is now science fact. Some science fiction authors have a technical background and can weave that knowledge into a story, making it seem more plausible.

I like the story to be that star, and while I like science (I’m reading a book about the periodic table at the moment) [ insert “What a geek.” comment], I’m not technically competent to use the correct terminology, or dedicated enough to do a deep dive into the theory behind the science.

Than means I keep the science in my science fiction to a minimum and if I do decide to include some technobabble to make the scene more believable, it’s with the upmost respect to all hard science writers.


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Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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Originally published at on January 31, 2024.



Leon Stevens

Leon Stevens is a writer, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education.