07 April 2006

Cliches From Science Fiction

There's a great list to check out if you're writing (or reading, or watching) Science Fiction: The Grand List of Overused Science Fiction Cliches. Here are some samples from the list: · "A great hunter decides that humans are the most entertaining prey of all, and visits Earth to bag a few" · "A human falls in love with a robot." · "A robot falls in love with a human." · "A person travels back in time to meet a major historical personage and winds up either becoming that person or taking that person's place at a critical juncture." · "Lots of apostrophes are packed into alien words and phrases for no apparent reason." Nifty little logos signal (among other things) whether the cliché was good on its first or second appearance and has now been waaay overused, whether it was boring the first time round, whether it was unsupportably sexist, and whether it makes its appearance on Star Trek. There are a lot of the latter—and yes, I'm a Star Trek fan. Via Word Pangs.

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