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What sort of things have you researched?
Aug 26th, 2008 at 4:53am
 
Just throwing this out as a topic of discussion.

What sort of things have you found you needed to research for your stories? Places you've visited in person or virtually, books you've read, topics you've looked into to make your story come alive?

For myself - I have books on the history of the Midwest, bookmarks on helicopters and airplanes, baby names, arrest procedures, hospital procedures, forensics, Metropolis, NYC, weddings and funerals. I can go on.

So, what things have y'all looked up for your stories?  Huh
  

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Reply #1 - Aug 27th, 2008 at 8:52am
 
I got three different books on baby names out of my local library so I could make a list of names I like and didn't have to take long thinking up one.I also had to research pregnancy and multiple births as my Lois is having triplets soon. (I think my mum might be getting worried...)

I also had to do a bit of research about what it's like living in America and unique things they do over there. I spent an interesting Maths lesson quizing my friend from Seattle about the school system (Junior high? What?) and things like Thanksgiving and Independence day.
  
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Re: What sort of things have you researched?
Reply #2 - Aug 27th, 2008 at 7:43pm
 
Hmm, let's see...

---radiation poisoning
---asteroid detection agencies
---emotional affairs
---various physics theories (parallel universes, space/time, wormholes, etc.)
---stellar spectrums
---Kryptonian language (from the Modern Kryptonian site)
---the layers of Earth's atmosphere

There's a lot more, but that's what I can recall off the top of my head.  I always have to do a ton of research, given that I'm inexperienced in just about everything imaginable.   Tongue

  
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Re: What sort of things have you researched?
Reply #3 - Dec 13th, 2008 at 11:56pm
 
Cellular structures and organelle functions,

atomic theory & quantum mechanics,

stellar lifespans and various forms of nova/supernova reactions,

New York City/Manhattan  (since Metropolis was described as being patterned after the upper Manhattan, above 14th street; In DC's "Ask the Answer Man", it was stated that Metropolis and Gotham City were "adjacent to New York City, across the harbor from each other"),

and, oddly enough, role-playing game mechanics!
  
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Re: What sort of things have you researched?
Reply #4 - Dec 24th, 2008 at 1:45am
 
I have researched some of the same things including:  I use Wikipedia a lot.

Hmmm for The Kent Family Saga/Glimpses of the Kent Family I researched:  (Sorry these have not been posted here.  They are quite long and can be found at FF.net)
SETI
Local star systems
The history of Sirius
Radiation poisoning
Pregnancy
Baby names including meanings
Baby development

I also researched more baby facts for What If He never Left along with
Timeline of the events for the year 2001 including the actual timeline of what happened on 9/11
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I often look up events that happen to give me ideas of where   
      Superman might have been able to help prevent or lessen events

I am sure I am forgetting a lot but that is what I remember off the top of my head. Cheesy

 

  
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Re: What sort of things have you researched?
Reply #5 - Dec 26th, 2008 at 3:35am
 
I've researched how a newspaper works but I can't say that my fics get too technical or plotty, so I just kind of wing it.

I have medical/hospital/ER knowledge if anybody gets stuck with that, I can help.
  
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