In another thread started by Maxitoutwriter, the question of how to write about a distant star sparked a few interesting responses. I've thought about writing in this genre but had too many daunting questions. Take a space novel like Star Wars as an example. Obviously, if you were to write an additional story somewhere in the timeline, you would probably have to do a lot of research on what's already been written, pertaining to the gadgets, the ships, the technology. All of that stuff has already been thought up and written about. My question is, if you were writing about a similar situation in a completely different story, do you just make up the technology completely from your imagination as you go or are there foundations and rules based in our reality that you have to relate your new technology to? I guess I'm trying to say, can you wing it, and just wildly make stuff up? or do you have to base your gadgets, ships, technical lingo based on something real that we deal with here on earth. I hope this makes sense. Any thoughts would be helpful.