Herbert asks: What is a good heuristic to determine how much historical research to do up front for a historical novel? Or scientific research for sci-fi? Should I rely on expert beta readers?

Resources Mentioned:

The Resurrection Junket
I, Claudius, by Robert Graves
Claudius the God, by Robert Graves



  1. From what I can tell Imperial China’s bureaucracy would start out meritocratic but nepotism gradually took over until the dynasty was overthrown (often by frustrated students who couldn’t get jobs that fit their degrees) and they started over.

    Joel Kreissman
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