Quizatzhaderac wrote:Plasma Man wrote:Not in fiction, but one of my friends used to think that being, say, blue-green colourblind meant that you couldn't see things that were green or blue - that they were invisible to you.
So if I hid a red object in a blue box, would your friends think a blue-green colorblind person could see the hidden object?
Dogs have this problem as well: red and green are the same color to them.
Superman's inhalation implies pressure in his lungs well below vacuum.
Tolkien would frequently describe something as "flying faster than the wind". Anything actively flying downwind moves faster than the wind even if it's incredibly weak/ slow.
Not if the wind was travelling at the speed of light! (JK. I don't think we can fault Tolkien for not knowing his science, or William Golding (Lord of the Flies contains two well-known doozies).)
There's even some basic science in modern science fiction that is inexcusible. In one of the stories in Alfred Bester's anthology Virtual Unrealities, there is an explosion several miles away, and the sound gets to the main character before the image.