Category: Uncategorized

  • Why Are Robots Often Humanoid?

    More often than not, robots in science fiction are human-looking, at least to some extent. Why? It seems to me that the biggest reason is that all science fiction is really about humans or aspects of humans. So C3PO and Data aren’t really robots. They are reflections of our human behavior. On the more practical…

  • Help Wanted: Lost (and Confused) in Alien Translation

    Help Wanted: Lost (and Confused) in Alien Translation

    It is handy that nearly all the aliens we see on TV, in movies, or even in books speak English or, at least, some human language. Farscape had “magic microbes” that let everyone understand each other (and, apparently, made you think their lips were moving appropriately, too). Star Trek had the universal translator, but you…

  • The Death of James T. Kirk

    The Death of James T. Kirk

    I’m not one to write fan fiction, but as an author, you always think about how you might have written something on the page or on the screen. One thing that really gripes me is how they killed off Kirk in Generations. The movie came out in 1994, so I’m going to assume you don’t…