What Is the Most Terrible Plot Hole in the History of Science Fiction?

It's not that I expect every science fiction story to be entirely rational, or to cleave perfectly to scientific reality. But when something happens out of nowhere, or (for example) a character is able to "blend in" and hide despite being world-famous — well, I've fallen into a plot hole and I can't get out! » 5/20/14 1:44pm 5/20/14 1:44pm

Is There Such A Thing As A Story Without Plot Holes Or Hand-Waving?

When you're a fan of science fiction and fantasy, you learn to turn a blind eye to certain... lapses in logic. Plot twists that make no sense, people making bizarre decisions, or a setup that falls apart. But what's the one story that holds up, no matter how much you poke holes in it? » 4/11/14 2:00pm 4/11/14 2:00pm

10 Big Reveals That Made Stories Even More Confusing

There are a lot of stories that feature mysterious characters or events. And it's hard to stop watching until there are answers. But sometimes those answers never come. Or they do, and they're stupid. Or the reveals open up plot holes instead of giving us answers. Here are some of the top offenders. » 6/16/11 9:35am 6/16/11 9:35am

The greatest rant you'll see this week: World War II is full of plot…

If you think your favorite science fiction TV show is full of nonsensical plot twists and lazy writing, you should check out the World War II documentaries, suggests Squid314 on Livejournal, in the funniest blog post you're likely to read this week. Who on Earth would believe that the Allies could actually win the… » 7/13/10 9:30am 7/13/10 9:30am

How to Write a Science Fiction Novel, Onion-Style

Today's mock dispatch from The Onion explains how Gabriel Fournier wrote his sure-to-be-hit novel The Eclipse Of Infinity by attributing every plot advancement, character development, and conflict resolution to a vaguely defined concept called "quantum flux:" » 8/10/09 1:30pm 8/10/09 1:30pm

The Worst Thing Star Trek Did To Science Fiction

There are many things that annoy us about science fiction: godlike beings, lazy time-travel paradoxes, actions that don't have consequences... but luckily, there's one thing that epitomizes all of them: the reset button. Whenever the unthinkable happens, you can be pretty sure science fiction will unthink it. Click… » 2/26/08 10:00am 2/26/08 10:00am