The 5 Types Of Scifi Deus Ex Machinas

The awesome thing about science fiction is that anything can happen — including the occasional incredibly convenient miracle. Sometimes circumstances become so desperate and dire in a science fiction tale that even the "reset button" can't fix them — and that's when the "deus ex machina" shows up. The term, meaning… » 4/22/08 10:10am 4/22/08 10:10am

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