- hand waving and the chemical element suffix -ium. (Wiktionary)
“I'm the first to admit to the liberal use of handwavium in my stories, but to me magic is the worst kind of handwavium - oh, it's magic, as if that explains everything.”
“I totally agree that language and language change is handled through handwavium (the invisible massless isotope, at that) more than it ought to be, in SF/F writing.”
“I was talking to a friend about the TV show Eureka (which I really like, by the way, especially in the first part of S3), and I was saying that they mostly stayed on the side of "good handwavium" for me rather than "bad fake science.”
“Anybody else have some ideas about writing good handwavium vs. bad fake science?”
“Maskull travels via handwavium to a distant planet.”
“I recently reread Mary Gentle's Golden Witchbreed, which is more-or-less science fiction, but includes some weird stuff about cross-breeding between species from different planets lots of handwavium as well as ruins of a fallen civilization.”
“The claim that rural areas won't be destructively taxed is handwavium at its best.”
“The fictional material handwavium similar to unobtainium is sometimes referred to in situations where the solution requires access to a substance that is probably possible to create, but only by means which would require a great deal of research, development, time, effort, and/or money, none of which the speaker intends to explain at the moment.”
“John Scalzi pointed out this clip, which provides the most beautiful example of speaking handwavium with confidence.”
“Then I want you to find the most convoluted handwavium in your own fiction and see how real you can make it sound.”
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