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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Insufficient Memory

That’s something computers and I share.

The problem with reading and watching a lot of sci/fi, space shows versus vampire, fairy and sparkle fart, rainbow unicorn fantasy shit, is that I’m continually forgetting what’s possible in which potential future universe. Hell, I forget that shit within my own damn life. Some sci/fi examples:
  • Were the Talosians  insanely awesome illusionists when they appeared in the original Star Trek or is that just in Discovery? I’m so confused!
  • Could space farers land on earth but didn’t because it was too damn far away? Am I thinking Martha Wells, All System Red or is that an assumed common trope? Why was it always possible to get here and land in Star Trek? “Earth. Oh, don’t get me wrong. A thousand years ago it had character. Crusades, Spanish Inquisition, Watergate. But now it’s just mind-numbingly dull.” ~ Q, 2369
  • Lately, I've been getting Fahrenheit 451 and 1984 mixed up, dammit!
  • Was landing on Earth possible but verboten in Old Man’s War or is that something I read online somewhere?
  • Are aliens, (outside of Star Trek and Star Wars) always depicted as shudderingly ugly insectoid beings or am I thinking, again, of Old Man’s War? Maybe I’m also thinking of that Heinlein book Starship Troopers (which was turned into a not-so-great flick)?
  • Does Silver Surfer exist in the same reality as Spider Man?
  • How about Wonder Woman and Black Widow?
  • Do transporter beams only exist in Star Trek or are they elsewhere (just functioning a little differently)?
  • Are universal translators with internal or external plug-ins, common across the boards? That is, in shows other than Star Trek.
  • Was it Malachi Constant or Jeff Bezos who blasted off into space? What? Both? I just can’t keep up.
  • iI seems to be assumed that everyone speaks and understands English. Language differences seem to be ignored in shows, movies and books. Why is that? Remember The Next Generation ep that was ALL about language? Is Klingon the only fully developed constructed versus naturally evolved language?

Klaatu barada nikto and shit!


  1. If there's one thing I've learned from my science fiction reading, it's never take your helmet off when you're on the away team!

    1. Hah, TRUE! Also, never be the one in a red shirt.