ZAZ: Hal Clement came up with an interesting world in Starlight, a class of planet that was neither earthlike nor gas giant. Since the setting was an expedition to figure out how it came to be and how it worked, he didn't have to explain it and make himself look silly in hindsight.
Makh: Often the books are worlds better than most things you will find on TV. I'm especially looking at you Star Trek where most planets seem to look like California. (I mean for obvious reasons of cost but still.)
fusillade762: Breathable atmosphereEarthlike gravity.Makh: Often the books are worlds better than most things you will find on TV. I'm especially looking at you Star Trek where most planets seem to look like California. (I mean for obvious reasons of cost but still.)Or in the case of Stargate, Vancouver.
GreenAdder: Is reading i09 one of them?
Glockenspiel Hero: The biggest problem is assuming aliens would have anything to discuss with us. We've been around as a technological civilization for about 200 years, as one with a written language for 6000 and in modern form for a few tens of thousands depending on what you count as modern. The universe is 13.6 billion years old- even if you assume life could only evolve fairly recently (need a decent selection of metals for planets) you'd be lucky if the aliens were within a few million years of our civilization. We'd have a hard time talking to people a few thousand years back- what happens with 10-20 million years of advancement?James Alan Gardner has a great line in one of his books that comments that the older civilizations in his League of Peoples have billions of years of advancement over us-- "To call them Godlike would be demeaning"
Sheseala: Kes's species always bothered me. Live 9 years and only have 1 kid.
Bondith: Kes was, what, 2 when the show started? If the actress had stuck around she'd have died of old age during the finale.
Bondith: Thank you! Every generation should be half the size of the one before it.Kes was, what, 2 when the show started? If the actress had stuck around she'd have died of old age during the finale.
Mugato: Makh: Often the books are worlds better than most things you will find on TV. I'm especially looking at you Star Trek where most planets seem to look like California. (I mean for obvious reasons of cost but still.)Technically there would be relatively few "class M" planets and relatively few alien species that look like humans with some latex on their face for the aforementioned budget reasons and they only have 40 minutes to tell a story and can't waste a lot of it talking about how weird everything is.
Nemo's Brother: Having them look similar makes sense if the story involves a master alien race progeny.
Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Dear all of science fiction:The fictional make-believe worlds you use in your books as settings offend my Aspie anal fixation on exactitude based on the limited, speculative facts we surmise today which will be all proven wrong by next week.Therefore I demand that all science fiction admit they suck and I am awesome.Signed,A. coont
legion_of_doo: Plot comes first?Or, "oh, another pointless world inhabited by slime and microbes! Yay!"
WorkingInParadise: I thought it said "inventing fictional alien words". jIQIp
Zombie DJ: I have to say, "Who farking cares?"
kroonermanblack: Sci-fi isn't about 'science', otherwise we'd have nothing but 400 pages of scientific method and peer reviewed journals.
Good Behavior Day: Making the entire planet have a single, homogeneous climate?
Mikey1969: Jesus, they aren't "mistakes"... We need something we can relate to, otherwise, we'll think that they are too far off base, the planet will be uninteresting, or there just won't be enough habitable area to make the whole story worthwhile.These people act like some of the best SciFi writers aren't actually scientists and engineers IRL.What a stupid article.And for the record, there are PLENTY of stories out there on worlds that can't support life, can barely support life, can only support it in a very limited zone, etc. These assholes need to read more.
Brainsick: Can't find an image, but one I remember was by Harry Turtledove and the cover had these blue space-werewolves on it. They had names like Thegun-Thegun Nug and it was virtually unreadable
LemSkroob: Also, light color. Earth light is a very specific color, but people would be annoyed watching a move that was entirely in red or blue spectrum, so the cinamatographers just say "fark it, make it 5800 kelvin".
LemSkroob: So many alien planets have earth-level gravity in films just because they cant afford the expense of shooting the entire thing in gravity that isnt 1.0.
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