Okay, so we've all read the sci-fi stories... "Captain, did you just clargraff the quantum port trandells?" she said as the captain took a drink of his steaming shwazz. Ugh... Granted this is an extreme example but it is a difficult balance between making the future sound different and making it easier for a reader to paint the scene in their minds. My work is usually in the future, where there is space travel, and muiltiple worlds and space ships, etc... So I have to come up with a few new things but when I find myself writing a scene, I will stop and decide what to do. We all know the future has technological advances, but in my opinion, not everyone will have them and not everyone will be able to afford them. So what do we do? So maybe my character has a shotgun pointed at him, on a rusty, scrappy outlying planet. Does it have to be a ray gun or a blaster or a phaser? Even if technology evolves, maybe guns still shoot metal bullets? Or some other kind of material, but you don't want to stop and explain to the reader that this model of gun uses unobtainium bullets, and uses fusion powder instead of gun powder. Also, I like more realistic sci-fi like Firefly over, say, Star Trek, where everything is shiny and polished and you never see where Captain Picard uses the futuristic space toilet and you never see the maids vaccuming the carpet after Riker comes back from a dirty away mission. So I just want to get some discussion on this topic to see how people feel about this both in their own writing and maybe in books you have read, as well.