What's The Most Disastrous First Encounter Between Two Civilizations?

First contact can be a delicate business. When humans encounter aliens (or fairies, or other creatures) for the first time, it can easily go very, very wrong. Any first meeting between two peoples can turn bloody at a moment's notice. But what's the most horrific first contact scenario in science fiction and fantasy? » 4/17/14 2:17pm Yesterday 2:17pm

Which Fantasy Was Too Heavily Sanitized For Mainstream Audiences?

Mention "Disneyfication" and everybody knows what you're talking about. But the phenomenon of sanding all the rough edges off fantasy stories goes way further than cartoons, into every area of pop culture. What's the most horrible case where a fantasy lost all its darkness or complexity, to make it more popular? » 4/08/14 2:17pm 4/08/14 2:17pm

Who's The Worst Student In All Of Science Fiction And Fantasy?

You can't enter into uncanny worlds without studying the secrets of the masters. Science fiction and fantasy are full of academies, schools, apprenticeships and other places of learning. And they're also full of awful students, who skip classes, don't listen and muck everything up. But who's the worst student of them… » 4/07/14 2:04pm 4/07/14 2:04pm

Which Superhuman Should Quit Angsting And Just Enjoy Their Powers?

Most of us would probably kill to be able to shrug off a gunshot wound, or jump over a skyscraper, or read people's minds. You know who doesn't enjoy superpowers? Most people who have them, these days. Who's the superhuman character who's most in need of lightening up and counting their super-blessings? » 4/04/14 2:48pm 4/04/14 2:48pm