Tropes and Clichés

I want to start with some definitions. These aren't official or anything, just my understanding of the difference between a trope and a cliché. A trope is tool used in writing. It's pretty much any non-unique plot device that the consumer could recognize. One of the most common tropes in speculative fiction is the protagonist … Continue reading Tropes and Clichés

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The Purpose of Alien Sci-Fi

I have a theory about science fiction that focuses on man's interactions with aliens. My thought is that every one of them starts with the basic question: 'If humans aren't the smartest creature, what makes us unique?' In general, we ascribe certain characteristics to all the animals we encounter. Most quadrupeds (dogs, cats, horses, etc.) … Continue reading The Purpose of Alien Sci-Fi