In Jurassic World it was featherless dinosaurs. In The Martian it was a sandstorm. In Gravity it was … gravity. Unrealistic science in fiction is often critiqued by reviewers, scientists, and audiences alike, but what is the function of this criticism? When is unrealistic science acceptable (or desirable) in a work of fiction? In this presentation, PhD candidate Jarrod Green shares the outcomes of an audience research project investigating the role of (un)realistic science in the reception of narrative fiction.