Fantasy and science fiction fans are accustomed to extraordinary beings. We expect such things. Star Trek introduced an alien race of blue bipeds. Farscape one upped them with a sentient species of blue plants. How’s that for fantastic? Creatures with tentacles, tails, and antennae have parade by. The general human body is boring. Or not? […]
Fantasy Worlds in a Real Universe
A fantasy or science fiction author chucks out one or more real physical laws in order to construct an imaginative world where magic and dragons coexist, where starships can exceed the speed of light, where heroes still look good even with blue skin. But there’s danger in straying too far from this real universe where […]
A Classic Christmas Fantasy… By Dickens!
Time travel, ghosts, entities from another dimension. Now that’s great fantasy. But you mostly don’t think of Charles Dickens. More’s the pity. Fantasy A Christmas Carol is classic literature… and classic fantasy. The novel has what fantasy needs: Memorable characters going through extraordinary circumstances while facing daunting odds but eventually coming out victorious. In this […]
Andrew Niccol Has Something to Say about Reality
First, who is Andrew Niccol? Andrew Niccol is the writer and sometime director behind the three movies about reality I discuss below. Then you’ll understand why I chose the title above. The Truman Show Truman Burbank. His first name gives the hint. He is the true man in contrast to the fake around him. His last […]