My first exposure to intelligent design detection in science took place during a summer job with National Defence Research in 1978 as an engineering student.
An attribute of a good sci-fi story is that it should open new vistas for the imagination while, at the same time, not requiring the reader to put up with the preposterous.
There are many solid, trustworthy inferences in modern science, but there are those that are not very trustworthy at all.
A nice thing about being young is that you have no idea how much you do not know.
Imagine you wanted someone who hasn’t the faintest idea what a book is to make a book from scratch.