Here, general audiences greatly prefer fiction. The much-anticipated film "Gravity," for example, opened in the United States this past weekend to rave reviews and a record-breaking box office take of $55.8 million. Ask anyone on the street, and chances are they are aware of the film, or at least have heard something about it. 5 things that couldn't happen in 'Gravity' Leroy Chiao Then consider: Two weeks ago, a Soyuz rocket launched the next astronaut crew to the International Space Station and there was barely a collective yawn, because practically nobody in the general population knew or cared! Why do general audiences love "Star Wars," "Star Trek," and other science fiction films, but don't seem to care about what is going on in real space exploration?
There are some places that I do know really well and can write about with authority. But when Im going somewhere for the first time, my authority is the passion I bring to the place and the accumulation of worldly experience I bring to the place. [In these instances, when I'm writing] I try to be humble and to never suggest that I know more than I know.The better you know your limitations, the freer you are to be limitless.