In science fiction, it’s the realistic details that make a truly immersive experience for the reader/viewer/fan. But one detail that often gets mushed around is the speed of business. Because really, though business matters can be intense, they don’t necessarily move all that quickly. Instant transactions or actions in general aren’t that common – it’s just one of those things worth noting, because plot holes and discrepancies often come in this area.
So when it comes to sci-fi vs. the real world, for the die hard fans, it’s worth considering things like the speed of paperwork, how time-consuming an activity like bounty hunting might be, how long space construction might take, how mafia ties fit into the business world, and the general timeframes of resource management that often get shuffled around in sci-fi productions.
The Speed Of Paperwork
What sci-fi story would be complete without the signing of a business proposal (physical or verbal, in many cases). It could be the villains getting together to take over the world, or it could be the heroes signing a contract with the government. In real life, paperwork moves through at sludge speed. In fantasy realms, it only takes as long as required for the camera to cut to a new angle.
Lots of epic sci-fi productions involve bounty hunting. And indeed, there are even shows on network TV that glorify the work of various gray-area bounty hunting types, but once again, the time that it takes someone to actually do the data tracking is going to be far longer than ever noted in television, film, or in printed storylines. Mostly because those details are boring.
Star Wars fans love talking about the construction of the Death Star. But what’s crazy about that is that some people approached it from a legitimate business angle and determined the cost and time frame! That is some spectacular math, and goes to show how curiously unreasonable sci-fi projects are, even though the facts are just glossed over.
Business is often associated with sci-fi, and just fiction in general, through the use of Mafia ties. But if you do some digging into the history and details of Mafia businesses, you’ll find out that their representation in fiction and science fiction is particularly exaggerated.
In general, because resource management is technical, boring, and involves long-term explanations, most creative forms of expression are simply going to require that you don’t think about them. If you let go of your doubt and expectations of reality, it will be a far better experience for you if you have that suspension of disbelief at the ready.