Analysis

Six Plot Points That Should Have Happened Onscreen

Ro Laren and an unnamed Maqui pilot.

In visual mediums like film or video games, events the audience witnesses are said to happen onscreen. In written mediums, this term applies to events that are directly described. Everything else takes place offscreen, whether it is revealed through exposition or simply left to the audience’s … read more »

Five Times Stories Broke Promises to the Audience

Commander Shepard at the end of Mass Effect 3.

Stories make promises, whether they mean to or not. When The Next Generation’s Captain Picard declares that the Enterprise’s mission is “to boldly go where no one has gone before,” the show is explicitly promising episodes about discovery and exploration.* Other promises are more implicit, such as the … read more »

Five Good Ideas Science Fiction Teaches Us to Fear

A replicator from Star Trek

The future is coming, whether we like it or not. Science fiction has a long history of helping us imagine that future, but what if it’s twisting our imagination in a negative direction? Optimistic scifi is a wonderful thing, but for every story that promotes diversity and … read more »

74 – Religion in Spec Fic

The Mythcreant Podcast

What could make for light listening better than a discussion of religion? This week, the hosts discuss how gods, faith, and worship are portrayed in various spec fic stories. They delve into deep and introspective topics such as Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s concept of belief-driven deities and argue over why … read more »