Yeah, well, how accurate is fiction going to be?
Just because it's S.T.E.M. doesn't mean the stories won't also delve into the worlds of magical realism, humorous exaggeration, or even science fiction in order to tell a good story. It's fiction for a reason!
Besides, technology is constantly in flux.
HUMANS + TECHNOLOGY = ??????
You just never know what will happen when you mix humans and technology!
Humans misinterpret data (oh yes, yes, we do).
We announce end-all, be-all empirical findings that can quickly be refuted when our current technology is updated (try comparing your findings from a desktop microscope with an electron microscope).
And occasionally new findings simply go up against a long-held belief (like when Galileo proposed the Earth was not the center of the universe—gasp and the Spanish Inquisition!).
As such, it's nearly impossible for S.T.E.M. fiction to be on the cusp of technological advances. To preserve accuracy, fiction must be able to meld scientific learning into story form. This means using technology that has already been integrated into the human world, making it part of the story, instead of standing out apart from the story. After all, the most important aspect of fiction is the story itself—look at all the generations of humans who passed down culture and learning through oral storytelling!