I’m back with Turbofanatic (of Wheel in the Sky, Aphelion and Deltavengers fame).
He should not have meddled with God’s Creation!
(once again) Coats‘s rule of storytelling #19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.
Aphelion again (seriously, read this damn comic)
I wanted the hive minds to be the good guys
Star Trek’s technobabble (they wrote “TECH,” by the way, not “SCIENCE”)
Sarah Talks to the coffee
Steven Pinker, my hero, and “the purity bias,” which is Dan-speak for the way our insular cortices process disgust, and make us feel as if things or ideas have been contaminated with evil in the same way a water supply might be contaminated by fecal matter. Look it up.
Assuming things have agency
Every rock and tree and creature has a voice, has a spirit, has a na~ame
What Lovecraft was getting at
Cthulhu does not care about us
Was it Armageddon or was it Deep Impact
Yeah, Bruce Willis! You’re an alpha male. You can solve our problems by blowing them up!
Apollo 13 and the direct abort
It’s called the Lunar Module. It’s for lunaring.
Driver sensing technology
Part Two of the podcast I did (previous one here) with Daniel Bensen!
We get into some weird stuff with the trickiness of applying narrative structure and agency, as you do when you’re trying to tell a story, in a post-enlightenment framework such as you would have in an aetheistic or Western monotheistic worldview.
That is, we tend to commit the pathetic fallacy a lot in storytelling, and how does this affect our stories?
EDIT: My 500th post!